Two College of Arts and Sciences seniors, Alexandrea Swanson of Bellevue, Neb., and Mary Wade of Rapid City, S.D., were awarded Fulbright Scholarships to spend 11 months teaching English to high school and university students in Europe.
Swanson graduated from Platteview High School in Springfield, Neb., before coming to Creighton. She will graduate in May with a bachelorís degree in international relations and German with a minor in Spanish. Swanson was involved with the international relations club and her involvement sparked an interest in international affairs while increasing her awareness of international issues and the United Nations.
Fully embracing the international opportunities Creighton has to offer, Swanson studied abroad twice during her undergraduate career. She spent a semester studying in Marburg, Germany and a summer studying in Madrid, through Creighton Faculty-Led Program Abroad. She is currently serving as the president of German club and Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political honor society. Pi Sigma Alpha is the only honor society for college and university students of government in the United States, with close to 700 chapters nationally.
Wade is an alumna of St. Thomas More High School in Rapid City, S.D., and will graduate with a bachelorís degree in mathematics and economics. During her time at Creighton, she studied abroad at the American University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. While she was abroad, Wade learned about the struggling economies and corruption in many of the post-communist Balkan states. When Wade returned to Creighton, her experiences in Bulgaria prompted her to research economic corruption in that area with Heider College of Business professor Ernie Gross, Ph.D. She is one of 20 chosen to teach English to students in Bulgaria.
Wade is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the intercollegiate Jesuit Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa honor fraternity and the Creighton Honors Program. She served as vice president of the Whiteclay Awareness Organization and has done service in the Omaha archdiocese churches and community. She interned at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas Cityís Omaha Branch.After graduation, Wade plans to begin graduate studies in economics after her time in Bulgaria.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program was created by Congress in 1946, immediately after World War II. Former U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright sponsored the legislation, seeing the program as a step toward building international cooperation. The Fulbright program remains the largest international exchange program in the U.S., offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 7,500 new grants annually and operates its program in more than 155 countries.