2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Awards: Grady Vaughan ’18 to Teach in Kazakhstan

Grady Vaughan, a Rhodes senior pursuing a double major in international studies and Russian studies, has been selected to receive a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant for the 2018-2019 academic year. He will serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Kazakhstan.

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 Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for English teaching assistantships as well as for individually designed study/research projects. Recipients are chosen for their academic merit and intellectual potential. Rhodes has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as a top producing institution for Fulbright U.S. Students for 2017-2018.
“While in Kazakhstan, I will further examine how this Central Asian republic, with two official languages, intends to implement English language programs as part of its ambitious development goals,” says Vaughan. “In the process, I hope to learn some Kazakh myself. After this year abroad, I plan to take advantage of my experiences in Kazakhstan to shape my graduate school research on language politics and geopolitical issues in this understudied yet critical region.”

At Rhodes, Vaughan is a Russian tutor, a service scholar through the Bonner Scholarship Program, and a member of the Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society as well as Sigma Iota Rho, the honor society for international studies.  He also has served as an intern for the Refugee Empowerment Program in Memphis.
Vaughan is a graduate of Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis.

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