Ambassadors Abroad: Fulbrighters share their experiences

There are a lot of awards and scholarships out there for academics and students, each in its own way an honor. But since 1946, when Congress established the program from the sale of surplus war property, the Fulbright Scholarship has become one of the most prestigious and coveted, particularly for those interested in international relations.

Pacific University has made a larger than average contribution to the pool of scholars for a program whose ultimate aim is "promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science." The University has recorded 10 awards going back to the 1998-99 school year, and consistently ranks in the top tier nationally for Fulbright awards going to master's degree granting institutions. This year alone, Pacific had six finalists, resulting in three students and one faculty member receiving awards. Chris Wilkes, associate provost and Pacific's Fulbright Program advisor, said it was "the strongest field we've ever had."

We asked two of Pacific's 2005-06 "Fulbrighters" to share first person accounts of their experience. Victoria Eaton '05, who spent her time in Ecuador investigating the social changes in the lives of Hansen's disease (leprosy) patients, and Hope Hicks '05, who teaches English and is studying Tango dancing in Argentina.