Boise State has a reputation of advising record numbers of students who receive Fulbright scholarships. These scholarships send students to international locations for graduate studies, advanced research and university teaching opportunities, or primary and secondary school teaching. Hannah Johnson is one of this year’s Boise State Fulbright scholars out of eight semifinalists representing the university, which includes three alternates who also may receive scholarships if additional funding becomes available, as well as two non-selects who are still named semifinalists.
Hannah Johnson, an elementary education major with an intermediate Spanish certificate, is headed to Spain to teach at a bilingual, Spanish and English-speaking school. She is passionate about teaching English to non-native speakers and looks forward to the hands-on experience in a new country and culture. She hopes to enhance bilingual education for students in the U.S. when she returns to the states following the fellowship.
“It is quite an honor to receive an opportunity like this and I feel fortunate to have been chosen out of so many students across the country,” she said.
Johnson recognizes Kate Huebschmann and faculty and staff from the College of Education for their knowledge, guidance and support as she applied for the scholarship – an application process that requires a great deal of time and many rounds of edits.
“Kate was the guiding light in a crazy storm that is applying for Fulbright,” she added. “I am very grateful for the people that helped support me in this process as they were the people I leaned on most.”
Huebschmann is a vital resource for students pursuing national, prestigious fellowships. The Honors College has helped 73 students with their Fulbright applications since it opened its fellowship advising office in 2014, and 34 percent (or 25 of those students) have won awards.