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Alumna wins Fulbright grant

Susan J. Olson, a 1989 doctoral graduate of the Workforce and Education program in the College of Education and professor emeritus in The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education at The University of Akron, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to Finland this fall semester.

Susan J. Olson, a 1989 doctoral graduate of the Workforce and Education program in the College of Education and professor emeritus in The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education at The University of Akron, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to Finland this fall semester. She will be providing professional development to faculty at Haaga Helia University in the Vocational Teacher Education program.

Olson is one of more than 1,200 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-2016 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement.

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 primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership in their fields. The program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 360,000 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.

Fulbright recipients are among over 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright or contact ECA Press at ECA-Press@state.gov or 202-632-6445.