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Transy, Georgetown, Centre combine for 13 Fulbright scholars

Three Transylvania University students and three of the school's alumni have won Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships to study and teach abroad next year, the university announced.

Katie Thornton, an economics and philosophy major from Midway, will spend 10 months teaching English and starting an after-school sports club in Malaysia.

Andrew Owen, a Spanish and international affairs major from Owensboro, will study in Argentina while helping to establish a community theater program.

And Rachael Williams of Murray is bound for Korea to study and teach English.

The three Transylvania alumni who are Fulbright scholars include Lexington residents Lauren Covert and Erik Weber, who will spend the next year in Austria. Covert, who has interned at Germany's parliament, graduated last year. Weber, who teaches German to high school students through Kentucky Educational Television, is a 2007 graduate.

Stefanie Brock, a LaGrange native who graduated in 2008 with biology and Spanish majors, has been assigned to Colombia for 10 months through the program.

Congress established the Fulbright scholarship program, which is administered by the State Department, in 1946 to foster international relations and provide experiences abroad for recent college graduates.

Fulbright announcements have trickled out all spring.

In April, three Georgetown College seniors were named as Fulbright fellows. Louisville native Michael Clemons will teach next year in Spain, and Jordan Sanderson of Union will work in Mexico. The third Georgetown student, Bethany Byrd Hughes of Rockwall, Texas, is scheduled to spend 2009-10 in Germany through the program.

Georgetown College has had 21 Fulbright scholars since 1990, according to the university.

Last week, Centre College in Danville announced three graduating students and an alumnus received Fulbright fellowships, giving the college 29 scholars in 10 years.

Centre senior Jessie Clark of Louisville will teach English in France. Spencer Kimball of Fort Thomas will study international relations at the Free University of Berlin. Michael Henry of Maryville, Tenn., will serve as a teaching assistant in Madrid, Spain.

And Ross Lovely, a 2004 Centre graduate from Lexington who received graduate degrees at the University of Kentucky, will study polar law in Iceland.

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