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Oklahoma State University

OSU grad student awarded Fulbright to teach in Israel

Wed, April 05, 2017
Candace Square

Candace Square, a graduate student at Oklahoma State University, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Award that will take her to Israel for the 2017-2018 academic year. The program places recent American graduates in schools around the world where they act as an ambassador for the United States, help improve foreign students’ English language abilities, and learn about the country’s people and culture.

Square, a graduate of Broken Arrow High School, is scheduled to graduate from Oklahoma State University in May with a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. She received her bachelor’s degree in health and exercise sciences with a minor in psychology from the University of Oklahoma.

“I am very grateful to be selected for a Fulbright award, and truly blessed to have the opportunity to teach English in Israel,” Square said. “I am committed to bridging the gap between American and Israeli cultures, and I certainly expect to gain many insights from this experience, which I will cherish and share throughout my life."

Square, who will be teaching at a college in Tel Aviv, explains she was inspired to visit Israel early in life.

“I grew up going to an event at my church called A Night to Honor Israel. The first time I attended, it sparked my curiosity, which grew into a fascination for Israeli culture and history. There’s no better way to learn more about the culture than to be immersed in the country.”

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the country’s largest student exchange program, offering opportunities to students and young professionals for graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.

Funded by an annual congressional appropriation to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program was initiated by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 for the promotion of international goodwill through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science.