STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Virginia Drywater-Whitekiller

BY STAFF REPORTS
08/16/2018 08:15 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Virginia Drywater-Whitekiller
TAHLEQUAH – The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has announced that Dr. Virginia Drywater-Whitekiller, of Tahlequah, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Canada in Aboriginal Studies.

She will conduct research at Vancouver Island University, British Columbia, as part of a project designed to explore Indigenous cultural resilience student supports in higher education pathways.

“I am humbled and honored to continue to serve Indigenous peoples through research and practice,” Drywater-Whitekiller said. “My hope and belief is that when working together we can make a positive difference for present and future generations.”

Drywater-Whitekiller is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2018-19 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

The program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions for shared international concerns.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office by telephone at 202-632-6452 or e-mail ECA-Press@state.gov.

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