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September 2012

UCO Graduate Student Earns Fullbright Scholarship to Study in Morocco


Rebekah Stone, recipient of teh Fulbright Scholarship.

University of Central Oklahoma graduate student Rebekah Stone recently received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship in an English Teaching Assistantship that will take her to Morocco to teach English at a local university.

University of Central Oklahoma graduate student Rebekah Stone will spend part of the new school year in Morocco after being awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship in an English Teaching Assistantship.

The 23-year-old Tulsa native will teach English approximately 20 hours a week at a university in Oujda, located in the eastern part of Morocco. While pursing her master’s in secondary education at Central, Stone became interested in international development and education, particularly in the Middle East and the relation to gender disparity in education.

“This experience will not only transform me by enhancing my resume and opening doors to opportunities I would have never sought before, but it will transform the way I think and act in a way that only immersing oneself in another culture can do,” she said.

“When I received the Fulbright, I felt as though the hard work I put into my studies had paid off because I am now being sent across the world to do what I love most, travel and teach.”

The Middle East isn’t new ground for Stone. In 2009 she spent the summer in the Occupied Palestinian Territories of the West Bank interning at a local Palestinian non-governmental organization that works to increase non-violent communication between Israeli and Palestinian youth.

“I completely fell in love with Middle Eastern culture that summer. The land is breathtaking and the food is amazing, but the thing that draws me to the area the most is the people. The unceasing hospitality that you find in the Middle East is incomparable to any other place I've been.”

Her professors in Central’s secondary education program agree that Stone has a tremendous opportunity through this award.

“I’m very excited Ms. Stone was selected for this experience. She is a remarkably perceptive and disciplined student who I’m certain will be transformed academically and culturally during her studies in Morocco,” said Bryan Duke, Ph.D., assistant dean and director of teacher education in Central’s College of Education and Professional Studies.

“We are proud she represents Central. I know she will make the most of this opportunity.”

Stone is one of over 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2012-13 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://fulbright.state.gov.

To learn more about the University of Central Oklahoma, visit www.uco.edu.

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