GEORGETOWN, Ky. – A second 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award has been announced for a Georgetown College graduating senior.
Leanndra Padgett, an English major pursuing teaching certification, will spend a year in South Korea, beginning in July.
“I am very excited to receive a Fulbright grant,” said Leanndra. “I love to travel and look forward to spending time in South Korea – a place totally different from anything I’ve ever experienced.”
Leanndra’s interest in South Korea dates back to her days as a high school student in Lexington, Kentucky.
“My family hosted a student from there for nine months,” she said.
Considering the pursuit of a Fulbright began in her junior year at Georgetown College when she was advised of the opportunities available through the program. South Korea was on her radar as a result of her family’s hosting experience.
“Leanndra is a model student in every way – intellectually astute, hard-working, focused, and dedicated to excellence,” commented Dr. Rosemary Allen, GC Provost who is also advisor for the Fulbright Program. “These qualities will make her a model teacher, and they will serve her well as she teaches in Korea next year.”
Leanndra says she hopes to gain experience in teaching and then return to the U.S. with knowledge and practices that will carry over into her future English classrooms.
“This is a huge blessing and opportunity, and I am thankful to have had the help, support, and encouragement of many who enabled me to pursue this privilege,” she said.
Leanndra becomes Georgetown College’s 30th Fulbright recipient since 1989.
“The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States,” wrote Daniel Kramer, Director, U.S. Student Programs, Institute of International Education, in his letter notifying her of the award.
“You will represent the country as a cultural ambassador while you are overseas, helping to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people in Korea, South,” he further stated, adding, “You will join over 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni who have undertaken grants since the program began in 1948.”
Senior Kelsey Castaneda is also a 2014-2015 Fulbright recipient. The previously announced Fulbright Teaching Assistantship will take her to the Slovak Republic beginning in September.