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May 20, 2015

Jessica Nelson Receives Prestigious Placement with Fulbright Summer Institute

West Virginia Wesleyan College student Jessica Nelson, a sophomore English writing major from Morgantown, WV, has received a placement with the Fulbright Summer Institute to study at King’s College in London on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating world-wide.     

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university. The Commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer program participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK. 

As a participant, Nelson has been selected from a strong applicant pool to experience the United Kingdom on a 3-week summer program.  At the King’s College London Summer Institute, Nelson will be participating in the course module “Wonderland: 100 Years of Children’s Literature.” Participants will study the works of such authors as J.K. Rowling, J.M. Barrie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Roald Dahl, and Rudyard Kipling, and create their own work of children’s literature. Outside the classroom, she and other participants will explore the grand city of London, learning about the city itself and British culture.

“I was thrilled to find out I had been awarded a place at the King’s College London Summer Institute,” said Nelson. “I look forward to bringing my new knowledge back to West Virginia to share with others. As well, I hope this will give a plethora of new knowledge and inspiration that I can apply to my personal writing. I am beyond grateful to the Fulbright Commission for granting me this opportunity, to my parents for their love and support, and the professors in the English Department for all their help and guidance through the entire application process.”

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said, “A period of study abroad is a great way to broaden your horizons and make you stand out from the crowd. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of British higher education, and as part of a high achieving cohort. This small group of students will gain immensely from the experience.”  

The Commission selects participants through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards, the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but also focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme, and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning. 

The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on 22 September 1948. The Fulbright Programme aims to foster mutual cultural understanding through educational exchange between the US and the UK. This it achieves through its Awards program for US and UK citizens and through its Advisory Service. The Fulbright Commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral level for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchanges programs for shorter projects or for younger scholars. It is funded by a range of partners including leading US and UK universities, charities and both governments. For more information visit   

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