A young Greencastle woman will help teach English in Brazil next year while serving as a cultural ambassador through an elite U.S. Department of State program.

Hannah Lougheed, daughter of Blaine and Cindy Lougheed, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Lougheed will leave in mid-February for about nine months as an English teaching assistant at the Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul in Tres Lagoas.

A 2013 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School, Lougheed graduated from Shippensburg University in 2017 with a major in international politics and a minor in global studies.

"I traveled to Africa, Europe and Asia to explore while in college, spent four months living in Atlanta, Georgia, interning in refugee resettlement with World Relief and spent some time refining my Spanish and conducting independent research in Costa Rica," Lougheed explained via e-mail.

"My professors, seeing my passion for the vulnerable, global-mindedness and pursuit of adventure first introduced me to the Fulbright," she continued. "After reading their mission and realizing that my purpose aligned with theirs, I began the application process. This program not only allows me to travel and invest globally in others, but equips me with experiences that will make me more capable when pursing my career goals."

Lougheed is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English and provide expertise abroad for the 2018-19 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields, according to a Department of State news release.

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, the news release says. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all areas while building relationships, knowledge and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States,according to the news release. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

For more information, visit:

http://eca.state.gov/fulbright