Wiepie Rojas awarded Fulbright ScholarshipPosted April 24, 2013
Wiepie Rojas, a senior environmental science major from Waxahachie, has been awarded the Fulbright Scholarship, a highly selective, merit-based scholarship providing funds to graduating seniors and graduate students who plan to conduct research or exercise their talents abroad.
Rojas will travel to Malaysia for 10 months starting in Jan. 2014 to work as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Through the scholarship, she will instruct in the classroom and lead activities outside the classroom. Rojas will use her passion for environmental science and agriculture to conduct agricultural development research in her free time.
"I am genuinely motivated by the country’s dream of development and hope this exchange will be mutually beneficial as I serve the students of Malaysia and, following this experience, the rural farmers and families with similar dreams of development," Rojas says.
The application process for the Fulbright was an extensive one. Rojas began the application in May 2012 and submitted it 17 months later in September 2013, after countless revisions and meetings with professionals.
Applicants chose the countries in which they wanted to serve. Rojas chose Malaysia as her top choice because of her interest in the country's culture.
"I feel certain Malaysia will give me the invaluable experience of teaching others in an international setting, as well as the intercultural experience needed to fulfill my vision of being a global servant leader in the agricultural development sector," she said.
"Far beyond the benefits I will gain from being in Malaysia, the passion instilled in me by my parents to serve and the unlimited opportunities to help others internationally are the foundation for what inspires and energizes me to teach and serve in Malaysia."
About the Fulbright Scholarship Program
The Fulbright Scholarship Program is a highly competitive award designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Founded in 1946, the Fulbright Program competitively selects graduating seniors and graduate students who plan to research and work abroad. It is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for scholars to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,800 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
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