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Eckerd Alumna Elizabeth Osterhage '11 Awarded Fulbright to Teach English in Turkey

posted on 07/16/2012

Eckerd College alumna Elizabeth Osterhage'11 has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to travel abroad for the 2012-13 academic year. Elizabeth will be teaching English at a university in Northern Turkey. Eckerd students have won at least 15 Fulbright Scholarships since 2000.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships.

"Eckerd's emphasis on service-learning has helped prepare me - volunteering with the Gulf Coast Jewish & Family Services gave me English as a Second Language tutoring experience and helped me realize my interests in teaching internationally," recounts Elizabeth. "My first experience of living abroad through Eckerd's study center in Xiamen, China, fueled my desire to travel and learn about new cultures."

Elizabeth Osterhage double majored in international relations & global affairs and literature and double minored in Chinese and East Asian studies. In addition to volunteering at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, she studied abroad in Xiamen, China, and worked on campus at Triton's Pub. A graduate of Clarkston High School in Clarkston, Mich., she is the daughter of Cynthia Osterhage of Clawson, Mich., and Robert Osterhage of Erlanger, Ky.

Elizabeth expresses her appreciation for two faculty members who influenced her most when she was a student. "From shepherding me into my college experience through Autumn Term, to sending me on my way in the closing of Quest for Meaning, Heather Vincent was a constant presence in my college experience. I will be ever glad I signed up for that first Autumn Term course with her. Another professor is Mary Meyer-McAleese, who, in addition to teaching several of my IRGA classes, consistently encouraged my creativity and multi-dimensional growth as a student."

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