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Georgia State Alumna Angelica Guilbeaux Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to South Korea

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Angelica Guilbeaux, an alumna of Georgia State University, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to South Korea as an English teaching assistant, the U.S. Department of State and the F. William Fulbright Scholarship Board have announced.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected based on academic and professional achievement as well as a record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

Guilbeaux, an Honors College alumna who studied political science and Spanish, will be teaching English at a South Korean elementary, middle or high school.

Guilbeaux was first exposed to South Korea when her Spanish professor, Dr. Hector Fernandez recommended an exchange program through the Political Science Department at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea.

Returning to Georgia State, Guilbeaux was connected with Grace Lee, a Georgia State alumna who was teaching English through the Fulbright program in Daegu, South Korea.

“When talking to Grace,” Guilbeaux said, “her experience seemed different than what I had seen elsewhere. She explained the program to me and that it was a full immersion process. I was impressed by the five-week orientation, which included culture, language and TOEFL classes.

“I encourage anyone who is thinking about studying abroad or learning a new language to just do it. It not only makes you more marketable for jobs, but it will expand your perspective and provide more opportunities to connect with people and hear their stories.”

Guilbeaux is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research or provide expertise abroad for the 2017-18 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.