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Reed Fulbright Recipient to Teach in Gaziantep, Turkey

"I couldn't be happier. I feel honored to have this chance to live and work in Turkey,” said Katherine Agnew '09 of her Fulbright fellowship.

Portland, Ore (September 22, 2009)--Recent graduate Katherine Agnew is this year's second Reed College alumni to receive a Fulbright Scholarship. Katherine will serve her Fulbright Fellowship as an English teaching assistant in Gaziantep, Turkey for the 2009-2010 academic year.

As a Reed student, Katherine developed a desire to teach while tutoring her classmates, and knew it was something she wanted to pursue after graduating. Katherine studied and worked in Rome and Corinth during her junior year and took a brief trip to Turkey. "I knew immediately after that trip that I wanted to go back, and to immerse myself in the culture," she said of her visit to Turkey. The Fulbright program provided her with an opportunity to pursue both interests.

"Gaziantep is a particularly exciting place to be going to--it's on Turkey's southern border with Syria, and is also close to several major archaeological sites. As a classics major, I'm glad that I'll have the opportunity to keep pursuing my academic interests while living in the area," said Agnew. "I hope to become involved on a volunteer basis with research being conducted there, although nothing is definite in that regard. In sum: I couldn't be happier. I feel honored to have this chance to live and work in Turkey."

The Fulbright program provides students with the chance to exchange values, knowledge, and ideas with citizens and institutions abroad. It was founded under legislation drawn up by the late Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946, and is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Today, the Fulbright program operates in more than 150 countries and its scholarships are among the most highly coveted academic awards worldwide.

For more information on the Fulbright program: or
Kevin Myers, Reed Spokesperson, 503/ 517-7815