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1/1/2006 Linfield students earn Fulbright awards

McMINNVILLE – Two Linfield College seniors will spend next year teaching in other countries after earning awards from the Fulbright Commission.

Holly Brause of Astoria will spend next year teaching in Uruguay and Rachyl Stupor of Dundee will teach in Chile after both earned Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships.

Brause, the daughter of Katherine Kahl and Mark Brause of Astoria and a 2002 graduate of Astoria High School, will earn a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and minors in Spanish and Latin American studies from Linfield during commencement exercises Sunday, May 28. Brause will spend nine months teaching English and collecting oral histories of Uruguayan people. She said she was inspired to apply because the program combined her two interests, teaching and anthropology. The teaching assistantship is a complement not only to her interests, but to her future goals as well. She plans to earn a master’s degree in education and teach high school social sciences and English language learners.

Stupor, the daughter of Stanley and Teresa Stupor of Dundee, is a 2002 graduate of Newberg High School and will earn a bachelor's degree in creative writing with a minor in Spanish this month. She will work with students learning English in a university in Chile from February to November 2007. In addition to teaching, Stupor will start a bilingual literary discussion group and poetry workshop at the university with the goal of publishing student work.

Stupor studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico, and has continued to utilize her knowledge of both Spanish and Mexican cultures in the McMinnville community. She teaches ESL at Chemeketa Community College and volunteers at Duniway Middle School.

Twelve Linfield students have won Fulbright awards since 1999, according to Deborah Olsen, Linfield's Fulbright adviser. Worldwide, more than 1,200 scholarships were awarded this year out of a pool of 5,600 candidates.