Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Honors College student wins prestigious Fulbright Award
Steven Wynne, a senior education major and member of Oakland University’s Honors College, has been named a 2014 Fulbright Award winner. Founded in 1946 by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, this highly competitive grant program supports international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists.
|With his grant, Wynne will serve a one-year English teaching assistantship at a German gymnasium, a high school that prepares students for university study.
“We're so proud of Steve. He's an exemplary student, aspirational, focused and always keenly part of our OU community,” said Dr. Graeme Harper, dean of the Honors College. “Oakland undergraduates are consistently winning prestigious awards. Fulbright is one of those awards. This is such a wonderful achievement."
Wynne, who received Oakland’s Keeper of the Dream Award in 2013, has been recognized across campus for his contributions as a cell group leader for the Honors College, president of the International Allies Organization and a resident of the International Village at OU. In 2012, while studying abroad in Oldenburg, Germany, he conducted research comparing English and German foreign language teaching techniques. He currently works as a German teacher’s aide at International Academy in Bloomfield Hills.
As Wynne can attest, earning a Fulbright nod is no easy task. His application included multiple essays, a personal statement, a statement of purpose and several letters of support. He also interviewed with Oakland’s Fulbright Committee, which consisted of various arts and sciences professors. This past January, Wynne learned he was a national finalist for a Fulbright Award. His application then moved to the German selection committee, and he was named a winner.
“I see this award as recognition, essentially my ‘stamp of approval’ for everything that I've done with German, teaching and promoting internationalism at Oakland University and in the surrounding community,” Wynne said. “I am honored to receive such an award.”
With his grant, Wynne will serve a one-year English teaching assistantship at a German gymnasium, a high school that prepares students for university study. He will assist English teachers with lesson plans, “especially topics related to American studies.” Since Fulbright scholars are also required to engage in service outside the classroom, Wynne plans to work with GLBT youth in his host city.
For more information on the Fulbright program, visit the website at us.fulbrightonline.org