May 11, 2011

Jennie Welch '11

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By Julia Ferrante

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell senior Jennie Welch has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Grant for a 10-month policy research project in Xi'an, China.

The international relations and East Asian studies double major from Gaithersburg, Md., will be working to implement an academic counseling program in rural secondary schools in the hope that more students will attend high school.

"Only about one out of 20 youths ends up going to high school in this area," Welch said. "We are hoping the academic counseling will encourage them to go to high school or vocational school."

Welch hopes to receive funding to complete a study abroad program through Middlebury College in Hangzhou before beginning her Fulbright research. Last summer, Welch traveled to western China to study regional development policy with the help of a National Science Foundation research grant. There, she met Professor Shi Yaojiang of Northwest University in China, with whom she will be working on the Fulbright project. In the summer of 2009, Welch completed an intensive language program in Beijing. 

The Fulbright Program is the flagship International Educational Exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Sen. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

Also this year, Bucknell senior Lauren Godfrey received a Fulbright to study flute performance in Vienna.

Contact: Division of Communications

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