Ten students from the University of Portland’s 2020 graduating class recently were named Fulbright U.S. Student Program Finalists. Each student was offered an award to teach English abroad. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has temporarily paused all bureau funded international exchange programs, including Fulbright. However, the students anticipate traveling to their programs in the fall of 2020.

The 10 students are Erick Berrelleza who will go to Mexico, Travis Bigelow who will go to Mexico, Joshua Bode who will go to Mexico, Isabel Cortens who will go to Argentina, Autumn Fluetsch who will go to Luxembourg, Athena Hills who will go to Germany, Surabhi Joglekar who will go to Taiwan, Preston Korst who will go to Bulgaria, Amanda Mosler who will go to Colombia and Joanne Tran who will go to Taiwan.

The United States Fulbright program began in 1946 after World War II to “assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States and other countries of the world” through the exchange of students, scholars and professionals. The program operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.