Third Susquehanna Graduate Earns Prestigious Fulbright Award
Published on July 5, 2013
Carla Hinson of Sykesville, Md., a 2013 graduate of Susquehanna University, has been honored with a Fulbright Scholarship for 2013-14. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, which is designed to increase understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. Hinson is the third Susquehanna student to be awarded a Fulbright this year.
Having earned her degree in Spanish and international studies, she has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to Brazil.
Her interest in Latin America was piqued last summer during an internship in Washington, D.C. at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. “Latin America is often overlooked,” she says, “and Brazil is at an interesting time in its history. There’s a lot of interesting development going on there.”
Hinson looks forward to sharing her passion for education and cultural exchange with her future students. “As a student, I know that enthusiasm for a language does not come from filling out verb charts and looking at flash cards,” she says. “I am passionate about Latin American culture, and I also have a sense of pride for the history and culture of the United States. My enthusiasm for both regions will help me to excite my prospective students.”
While in Brazil, Hinson hopes to continue her work with the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, conducting research and writing for the organization’s online and print publications.
“I look forward to experiencing a new culture and living in community with Brazilian people,” she says. “As I found while studying abroad in Granada, Spain, there is so much to be learned just from sitting in a public plaza, people watching or reading the local newspaper. This is the perspective I know I can only gain through direct experience.”
The Fulbright Program, the largest U.S. exchange program, was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. 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. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program awards approximately 7,500 new grants annually and currently operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.