(Posted June 2, 2015)

Megan Vanaman, a 2015 graduate from Wilmington, Del., received a Fulbright Fellowship in the Czech Republic
Megan Vanaman, a 2015 graduate from Wilmington, Del., received a Fulbright Fellowship in the Czech Republic


HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Megan Vanaman a senior studying social studies and secondary education at Juniata College from Wilmington, Del., has been named a Fulbright Fellow to teach English in the Czech Republic for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year.

She is a 2011 graduate of Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, Del.

Vanaman, the daughter of Olin and LuAnn Vanaman, of Wilmington, will received her bachelor's degree from Juniata May 16. She will teach English in P?erov, Czech Republic at Jana Blahoslava Grammar School and Central School of Education.

After completing her Fulbright fellowship, Vanaman plans to return to the United States to teach in a junior high school or high school. She received the Kenneth Crosby Scholarship for History in 2014.

She also student taught at Juniata Valley Jr./Sr. High School in Alexandria, Pa. in fall semester 2014.

"The Fulbright will be very helpful to my teaching career, because the Czech Republic has a very different educational system and I can bring some of those ideas back to my own classroom."

Megan Vanaman, 2015 graduate


Vanaman served as chair for team recruitment for Relay for Life, and also served on the group's committee. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, Pi Lambda Theta, the national honor society for education and Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for history.

"The professors at Juniata want us to be successful and they often know ways we can pursue that success, perhaps in ways we hadn't thought of," Vanaman says. "The Fulbright will be very helpful to my teaching career, because the Czech Republic has a very different educational system and I can bring some of those ideas back to my own classroom."

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program equips future American leaders with the skills they need to thrive in increasingly global environment by providing funding for one academic year of study, language instruction or research abroad, to be conducted after graduation from an accredited university.

Fellows undertake self-designed programs in disciplines ranging from social sciences, business, communication and performing arts to physical sciences, engineering and education.

The U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,100 grants annually and currently operates in over 140 countries worldwide.?The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Financial support is provided by an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State, with significant contributions from participating governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad.

The presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board formulates policy guidelines and makes the final selection of all grantees.?The Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the U.S. Student Program, including an annual competition for the scholarships. The Fulbright Program also awards grants to American teachers and faculty to do research, lecture and teach overseas. In addition, some 2,200 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, carry out research and lecture at U.S. universities, colleges and secondary schools.

Contact Gabe Welsch at welschg@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.