Concordia Graduate Selected for Fulbright

Emma Vogel returns to Spain to teach Spanish.

Emma Vogel ’22 has been selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award to Spain for the 2023-24 year. 

“To become a Fulbright student is one of the highest achievements a student from the United States can earn,” Dr. Jonathan Steinwand said. “Concordia College has excellent language programs, study abroad experiences, and the world-renowned Concordia Language Villages. We also have a strong undergraduate research program. Students who tap into those experiences have compelling stories to tell about their language ability, their intercultural experiences, and their own personal growth.”

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) administers the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which has a national average of one out of five applicants earning awards. In partnership with more than 140 countries worldwide, the Fulbright program “offers unparalleled opportunities in all academic disciplines to passionate and accomplished graduating college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals from all backgrounds.”

Vogel graduated in December with a major in Spanish education and has been working as a Spanish teacher at Horace High School (Horace, N.D.) during the spring semester. She’ll be an English teaching assistant in Galicia, Spain. Vogel will assist teaching staff at a plurilingual (Spanish/Galician/English) elementary, secondary, or vocational school in subjects such as science and technology, social studies, art, physical education, and English language.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” Vogel said. “I lived in Segovia, Spain, during my undergraduate study abroad experience at Concordia, and it was one of my favorite parts of studying at Concordia. I’m also grateful to my professors and mentors at the college who have supported my educational journey.” 

After Fulbright, she plans to return to the United States and teach Spanish or continue her education in some form. 

“I’m still figuring it out!” she added.