Faculty member, two graduates receive Fulbright awards
Faculty member Polly Diven and two graduates of Grand Valley’s Class of 2022 are recipients of Fulbright awards presented by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Diven, director of the international relations program, received a Fulbright Specialist Program Award in March and is currently in the midst of her four-week project at Tunghai University in Taiwan.
Diven’s project aims to exchange knowledge and establish partnerships benefitting participants, institutions and communities in the United States and overseas. Diven is one of more than 400 award recipients who will share their expertise with host institutions abroad.
“This is an amazing opportunity to share my expertise in U.S. foreign policy with students and faculty here in Taiwan,” Diven said. “At the same time, I am learning a great deal about Taiwan and China-Taiwan cross-strait relations, which I will share with GVSU students when I return to the classroom in Fall 2023.”
Two recent graduates have also received Fulbright honors for the 2023-24 academic year. Ashley Brown, ’22, and Jacob Petrosky, ’22, were awarded English Teaching Assistantships. Brown will teach English in Thailand while Petrosky will teach English in Mongolia.
"I am delighted that Ashley and Jacob received Fulbright ETA awards this year and look forward to following their adventures as they embark on their Fulbright journeys,” said Brenda Tooley, associate director for the Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement. “I deeply enjoyed working closely with each of them as they explored and successfully pursued Fulbright U.S. Student awards in Thailand and Mongolia.”
Students interested in the Fulbright program can receive more information at the GVSU Fellowships Office.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other nations.
Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 400,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website.