The Fulbright U.S. Student Program award was given to Illinois State students Kylie Ashton Maurer and Sydney Velez for the 2018-2019 academic year. They were honored through the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

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Senior Spanish major Maurer will travel to Colombia to teach English in post-secondary education for 10 months. While she is there, Maurer will also implement her community project designed to develop an educational farming program for low-income/underserved communities.

Velez is a senior double major in public relations and English studies. She will attend the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid for 11 months, where she will pursue her master’s degree in corporate communication.

“The University community is incredibly proud of the achievements of Kylie and Sydney,” President Larry Dietz said, noting that the honor goes to students with excellent academic merit and leadership potential.