Five Earn Fulbrights for Upcoming Year

Five recent Truman graduates have been selected as Fulbright recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year.

All of Truman’s Fulbright recipients will teach English in schools or universities. Students selected and the countries for which they received grants include: Shawn Bodden, Georgia; Clara Dahmer, Andorra; Ashley Kleiner, Taiwan; and Hope Schaeffer, South Korea.

Additionally, Bethany Hoekzema, a recent MAE graduate, was named one of 12 recipients of the Fulbright/HAEF Teaching Fellowship co-sponsored by the Fulbright Program and the Hellenic American Educational Foundation. Hoekzema will teach and work in Greece. Fellows act as young ambassadors and provide a cross-cultural educational experience by infusing their culture, ideas, language and knowledge into the school’s community.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,800 grants annually in all fields of study and operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. For more information on the program, visit

Truman Fulbright, recipients, from left to right: Ashley Kleiner, Clara Dahmer, Shawn Bodden and Hope Schaeffer. Not pictured: Bethany Hoekzema.