|May 13, 2003
GALESBURG -- Two graduating seniors at Knox College have received Fulbright Fellowships -- among the nation's most prestigious awards for postgraduate study.
Helen Scharber, a senior from Corcoran, Minn., has been awarded a grant to conduct research in environmental studies next year at Keele University in England. Angela Rossman, a senior from Bailey's Harbor, Wis., has been awarded a scholarship to conduct social and political research next year in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
"I'm honored and excited, because Keele has one of the best environmental politics programs anywhere," Scharber said. She will study in Keele's Politics of Sustainable Development Program and will conduct research on the environmental politics of the automobile in England.
Awards for study in England are among the most competitive in the Fulbright Program, with more than 500 applicants annually for 20 scholarships.
An economics major, Scharber is president of the Knox College Student Senate and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. She is the daughter of Mary and Gary Scharber of Corcoran, Minn., and a 1999 graduate of Rockford High School in Rockford, Minn.
Rossman has received an Islamic Civilizations Grant and will conduct research on the relationship between Islam and the formation of political and non-governmental organizations in the UAE. As part of receiving the grant, she will be asked to give public presentations on her experiences when she returns to the United States.
"I hope to take courses at United Arab Emirates University and study Arabic and Hindi while I'm there," she said.
Rossman has previously studied in Egypt, India, and Asia, and has taught English in China. She has also been selected by the U.S. State Department to conduct an internship in a U.S. consulate in Tunisia or the UAE this summer.
An International Relations and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies major, Rossman also is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She is the daughter of Grace and Glen Rossman of Bailey's Harbor and a 1999 graduate of Gibraltar High School in Fish Creek, Wis.
Scharber and Rossman are the ninth and tenth Knox students in the past decade to receive Fulbright Fellowships. According to information from the Fulbright program, approximately 5,000 students apply for grants, with awards going to fewer than one-quarter of applicants.
"Fulbright Fellowships are widely considered to be among the most distinguished awards for graduating college seniors," said Lawrence Breitborde, Dean of the College and Fulbright campus advisor. "These newest Fulbright honorees are further testimony to the quality of international education at Knox."
Fulbright grants are funded by the U.S. State Department, with additional support from participating countries and educational institutions. Fellowships are awarded to outstanding college graduates and other young scholars, graduate students, and higher education faculty.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries.
Founded in 1837, Knox is a national liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, with students from 45 states and 42 nations. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.