Illinois State University alumna Christie Gilson ’98 has received a Fulbright grant to Hong Kong.

Gilson, a social work undergraduate, is continuing her education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her Fulbright will allow her to study in Hong Kong for 10 months in the area of special needs students, services provided and obstacles.

While at Illinois State, Gilson was active in the Disability Concerns Office, Association of Residence Halls and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.

Gilson is one of more than 1,000 U.S. students traveling abroad through the Fulbright Program this academic year.  Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the rest of the world.  Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has sponsored 100,900 Americans to more than 150 countries and 166,000 students, scholars and teachers who have come to the U.S.