UHPer Adam Bethke Receives Summer Fulbright!

25 May

GWU and University Honors Program  student, Adam Bethke, received a prestigious place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to the UK!  This is pretty cool news, and a huge accomplishment.  Big congrats to Adam!

Adam Bethke, a student from The George Washington University has received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at Roehampton University on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programmes operating world-wide.

As a participant, Adam Bethke has been selected from a strong applicant pool to experience the UK on a month long summer program. He will be studying themes of government and citizenship while experiencing culture in the United Kingdom firsthand.

He hopes to gain a more global perspective on issues of government, citizenship, identity and security during the Fulbright Summer Institute.  During the Fulbright Roehampton University Summer Institute, he hopes to expand his world view and gain a better understanding of the underlying concepts of politics, citizenship, and culture in the United Kingdom.

Commenting on receiving the place, Adam said:

“This is a phenomenal opportunity. The program, which will explore themes of politics, identity and national security, is directly related to my academic interests in political science and criminal justice. In addition to the academic correlations, the program will provide me an opportunity to gain an insight into how the issues that I have been studying here in the United States are dealt with in other countries. I am hopeful that this opportunity will expand my horizons and provide me a better balanced perspective by exposing me to different world views.”

The Commission selects participants through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.

About Adam

Adam Bethke grew up in Palatine, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Palatine High School in 2009, where he was a Varsity Captain of the Cross Country team, member of National Honor Society and Achievement Award recipient. He is also a Robert Byrd Scholar and a National Merit Commended Scholar. He is currently studying Political Science and Criminal Justice at The George Washington University, where he is a member of the Honors Program. Adam has participated in internships with both Northrop Grumman and Washington Legal Foundation. In the upcoming year, he will be a House Proctor and will study changing political positions on criminal justice policy as a Luther Rice Fellow. Adam’s interests include running and reading.

More about Fulbright

Created by treaty in 1948, the US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering awards and summer programmes for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK University. The Commission is part of the Fulbright programme conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer programme participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK.

Fulbright Summer Programmes cover all participant costs. In addition, Fulbright summer participants receive a distinctive support and cultural education programme including: visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session and opportunity to join our alumni networks. Each year, the Commission supports around 50 UK and US undergraduate students to undertake a demanding academic and cultural summer programmes at leading institutions in the US and UK respectively. Nearly 300,000 extraordinary women and men from all over the world have had their lives changed as participants in the Fulbright Programme. Of these alumni, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and nearly 12,000 US nationals in the UK on our educational exchange programmes.

Notable alumni of the US-UK Commission include: Malcolm Bradbury, novelist; Liam Byrne, politician; Milton Friedman, economist and Nobel Prize Winner 1976; Charles Kennedy, politician; John Lithgow, actor; Tarik O’Regan, composer; Sylvia Plath, poet; Lord William Wallace, politician; Ian Rankin, novelist; Sir Christopher Rose QC, judge; Baroness (Shirley) Williams, politician; Vanessa Heaney, journalist BBC World Service; and Toby Young, journalist and playwright. The Commission is funded partially by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK and the US Department of State, with additional support coming from a variety of individual and institutional partners.

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