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Students Selected for Fulbrights


AMY KELLY, College Communications and Media Relations director

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Seniors from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., Toby Kindem, Alexandra Rankin and Hannah Allen have received Fulbright awards, and McKayle Carter was named an alternate.

Kindem, West Fargo, N.D., was awarded an English Teaching Award to Germany in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony). Graduating with a K-12 license in German, he was studying in Germany and applied to Fulbright knowing it would enhance his teaching abilities and knowledge about Germany, the language, as well as the culture. 

Rankin (parents: Christopher Rankin, Waconia, Minn., and Andrea Holtan, Rosemount, Minn.) finds out exactly where she’s going later this summer, but her English Teaching Award to Taiwan will take her to either Kaohsiung or Taipei. She is excited to improve her Chinese and learn more about Taiwanese culture. She’s previously been on a mission trip to Ecuador, Tanzania to teach English, and to China on a class trip in high school and a semester abroad last fall.  

Allen, (parents: Christopher and Shelly Allen, Dilworth, Minn.,) was awarded a Study/Research Award in Music Therapy and will be studying at SRH University in Heidelberg, Germany, pursuing a master’s degree in music therapy. When she discovered a lack of research in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders (specifically Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) using music, she realized that she wanted to pursue further research in the area of using music as an alternate form of therapy.

Carter, Alpena, Mich., is an alternate for an English Teaching Award to Germany. While not currently selected as a principal candidate, being an alternate offers the chance of promotion to finalist.

“This year, we beat the odds with three awards and one alternate from our six applicants,” said Dr. Jonathan Steinwand, professor of English. “This is the third time we have had three award winners. If McKayle is called upon as a replacement, it will be a record year for us.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. government, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Since its establishment in 1946, approximately 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists have had the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

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Concordia College is a four-year liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America offering more than 50 majors, including 15 honors majors and 12 preprofessional programs.