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Bouwhuis Becomes Alma’s 24th Fulbright Scholar

April 23, 2013

Following her yearlong Fulbright experience in Spain, Bouwhuis plans to return to the United States and enroll in medical school. At Alma, she double majored in biochemistry and Spanish.

Alma College senior Andrea Bouwhuis of Grand Rapids has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach and study in Spain.

Bouwhuis becomes Alma’s 24th Fulbright Scholar since 2003. A graduate of Forest Hills Northern High School, she is the daughter of Gerald and Lisa Bouwhuis.

“I was sitting in the library working with a group when I saw a message on my phone,” says Bouwhuis in describing her reaction to learning she had received the award. “I listened to the message and then called my best friend, and we started screaming.”

Though she has not yet been informed of her specific placement, Bouwhuis will teach English in a Spanish high school and work in a medical facility.

Following her yearlong Fulbright experience, Bouwhuis plans to return to the United States and enroll in medical school. At Alma, she double majored in biochemistry and Spanish.

Student applications for the Fulbright Scholarship are reviewed and approved by the National Screening Committee of the Institute of International Education, the coordinating body for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The applications are forwarded to the Fulbright commissions in the projects’ countries, which select recipients from all candidates applying in those countries. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board makes the final selections.

The U.S. Student Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State to give recent undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young professionals, a chance for an international experience and personal development.

Alma’s Nationally Competitive Scholarship Committee helps finalists search for appropriate postgraduate scholarships, then reviews the proposals and applications. Alma’s committee identifies and nurtures exceptional candidates for nationally competitive scholarships, grants and awards.