Motivated by a passion for breaking down educational barriers, Chapman University student Sarah Wilson (MACI ’23) has earned a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in South Korea.
Wilson is the fifth Attallah College of Educational Studies student in the past decade to earn a grant from the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which offers research, study and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries.
Through her English Teaching Assistantship, Wilson will assist in English language development at a middle and high school in South Korea. Starting in January 2024, she will provide English instruction while incorporating cultural perspectives to expand student learning.
“Throughout my time at Chapman, I became interested and passionate about female educational access: learning more about education for girls in other countries, deconstructing the barriers prohibiting educational access, and investigating potential laws and legislation at the intersection of gender and educational equity,” said Wilson, who is graduating from Chapman with a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction.
“My grandmother, Soonhyun Kim, did not have a formal education in South Korea beyond sixth grade, which is the grade I now teach in the U.S. 81 years later,” Wilson said in her Fulbright Statement of Grant Purpose. “When I tutored English and a college and career preparatory class, I was reminded that she was never able to experience learning in a middle school or high school classroom.”
Wilson said she is looking forward to serving her host community, including by creating a local book and writing program for girls. She also hopes to connect with other Fulbright grantees and learn about her own family heritage.