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Third Reedie Receives Fulbright Award


PORTLAND, OR (November 10,2009)--Maeve Hooper, German major, joins fellow 2009 Reed College graduates Katherine Agnew, classics major, and James Meador, Russian/religion major, in winning a Fulbright Award. Hooper has traveled to Germany for the 2009–10 academic year to teach English to native German speakers. Hooper’s interest in German studies began in high school, where she co-founded a German club, and took part in a German student exchange program. She studied German literature while at Reed.

During her junior year at Reed, Hooper won the highly competitive German Academic Exchange Service scholarship to study in Munich. On her return, Hooper became a house adviser for the German language house on campus.

“After studying abroad in Munich for a year, living in a small town has definitely been a big change,” said Hooper of her experience so far in Ellwangen. “Although there may not be as much excitement in Ellwangen, I’ve actually really been enjoying small town life. My colleagues and students at school have all been enthusiastic and supportive, and I could not ask for a more beautiful place to spend the year,”

Hooper says she plans to get her masters degree and eventually a PhD in German literature.

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: us.fulbrightonline.org or fulbright.state.gov