MEDIA: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of Distinguished Scholarship Programs, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-7767, sanchez@wsu.edu

Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, makhani@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. — Three Washington State University undergraduates are headed to England and Scotland this summer as WSU’s first recipients of Fulbright UK Summer Institute awards.

All will spend four or five weeks participating in thematic academic and cultural programs at highly regarded universities. The programs are intended to allow them to experience the UK; help them develop their presentation, research, and communication skills; and perform some local community service. They cover the majority of participant costs, including round-trip airfare, tuition and fees, accommodations, and meals.

Joanna “Joey” Redmon, a sophomore pre-pharmacy student from Spokane, Wash., will attend the University of Dundee and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow for five weeks pursuing the topic of “Scotland: Identity, Culture, and Innovation.”

Grace Reed, sophomore English major from University Place, Wash., is headed for the Nottingham Trent University summer institute to study “Creativity, Culture, History, and Heritage” for four weeks.

Alyssa Norris, a freshman bioengineering student from North Pole, Alaska, will be at the University of Bristol to study “Slavery and the Atlantic Heritage.”

“It is quite an accomplishment for WSU to have three students accepted for the Fulbright UK,” says Sarah Ann Hones, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program, part of the WSU Office of Undergraduate Education.

“We often think that Fulbrights are intended for graduate students but the Fulbright UK awards are special and just for undergraduates with two years left in their program. Twelve WSU undergraduates went through the rigorous process of applying for the Fulbright UK awards this year, and that experience alone will be something they can show on their resumes.”

Hones tips her hat to Robin Bond, clinical associate professor of classics in the WSU Honors College.

“Robin mentored all of the Fulbright UK applicants and worked closely with me throughout the process.”

Visit DistinguishedScholarships.wsu.edu for more information on awards for WSU students and to contact Hones.