Baker University senior receives Fulbright Scholarship
Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University student Justine Greve, a senior from Topeka and a 2005 Shawnee Heights graduate, has received a Fulbright Scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year to Germany, where she will serve as an English teaching assistant at a German school.
Greve, a German, English and history major, will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree on May 17 on the Baldwin City campus. She will be in Germany from September 2009 to June 2010.
“Justine is an exceptional student with strong academic achievement and broad interests in the humanities and fine arts,” said Lucy Price, professor of English at Baker. “As a Fulbright English teaching assistant, she will have many opportunities to share her knowledge and experience of America with her German students and community. At the same time, she will live as a fully integrated member of the German culture. This is cultural exchange between peoples at its very best.”
Greve studied abroad in Germany in spring 2008 and also visited the country for three weeks as a high school student.
“I have always found linguistics and word origins interesting,” said Greve, who also is involved in music, having played the violin in Baker’s orchestra. “I enjoy learning about different cultures and the relationships between different words and languages. I am looking forward to sharing the American culture with the students in Germany.”
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships Program, an element of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, places U.S. students as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas, thus improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while enhancing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country.
“You could sense from the beginning Justine’s enthusiasm for German language, literature and culture by her insightful contributions to class discussions and the attention to detail she gave to her written work,” said Cynthia Appl, associate professor of German and chair of Baker’s language and literature department. “She certainly has a gift for language learning. She possesses, I believe, true intellectual curiosity and her student career is not merely a means to an end. She has a passion for learning and has made the most of every educational opportunity Baker has offered.”
Greve is the daughter of Robert and LaVerta Greve, of Topeka.
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