Alyn Euritt, who recently earned a bachelor’s degree in French studies at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), was selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Scholarship that has him in Belgium for the 2011-12 academic year.
The award covers round-trip airfare and a monthly stipend for serving as a secondary school assistant English teacher. He will be teaching English at the Universite libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium, and plans on researching Belgian colonialism in Burundi and Rwanda.
Part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Fulbright ETA Program is designed to improve foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States. Participants are placed in schools or universities outside of capital cities in more than 20 countries and are fully integrated into the host community, increasing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country.
His current home is in North Kansas City, Mo. The son of Joan Euritt, North Kansas City, and David Reeves, San Diego, he attended Scattergood Friends School in West Branch, Iowa.
“I found out that I received the Fulbright the day after my birthday. I was both exited and relieved. I put everything I had into my application, and it was extremely validating to receive the award,” Euritt said. “I was interested in applying for the Fulbright ETA Fellowship because I wanted to take a year off of classes to teach and conduct my own research before applying to graduate school. Living in Belgium will not only allow me to do so, but will also help me with my French, German and Dutch.”
The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict.
Today, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s premier scholarship program. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the primary source of funding for the program is through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the Department of State. Since the Fulbright Program’s inception, approximately 294,000 participants have been chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential.