Elizabeth Matthews receives Fulbright U.S. student award

Elizabeth Matthews of Brown University has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship for an English teaching assistantship in Taiwan, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Matthews is the daughter of Pamela Gordon and Richard Matthews of Makawao. She is a 2009 graduate of Seabury Hall. She is one of 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2013-14 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

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.

Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The program operates in more than 155 countries.

Fulbright recipients are among more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.