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Drury graduate receives Fulbright grant to teach abroad in Turkey

For Immediate Release: June 9

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 9, 2010 – 2010 Drury graduate Brett Marler recently received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Turkey this fall.

The Fulbright grant, awarded on behalf of the Institution of International Education, will support Marler’s nine-month Fulbright-Yök English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Turkey. There, he and 35 other ETAs will assist in teaching English classes at new universities in central, southeastern and eastern Turkey for 20 hours a week.

Additionally, Marler and the other ETAs will act as ambassadors to help students gain a broader contextual understanding of the United States. He will begin teaching in September 2010 at Ahi Evran University in Kirsehir, Turkey.

Outside of the classroom, Marler hopes to immerse himself in Turkish culture as a way to study the philosophic and structural nature of youth activism in the country.

“The programs I utilized through Drury played an integral role in allowing me the contacts and qualifications for the grant,” says Marler. “Through the Washington Center, I gained an internship with The American-Turkish Council the fall of my junior year, allowing me to earn the valuable reference of a former US Ambassador to Turkey."

Upon his return, Marler hopes to pursue a doctorate in International Relations.

Marler was selected to receive one of the 55 Fulbright grants to Turkey for the 2010-2011 academic year. The U.S. Student Fulbright program awards grants for graduate study, graduate research and English teaching assistantships to promising scholars each year.

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