Beloit, WI -- Amani Edwards, a senior Volleyball and Track & Field student-athlete from Atlanta, Georgia, has earned a prestigious Fulbright Grant to be an English Teaching Assistant in Russia for a year.
The Fulbright program is the largest U.S. International exchange program, offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools world. Established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress, the program was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then freshman Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. In the aftermath of World War II, Senator Fulbright viewed the proposed program as a much-needed vehicle for promoting ""mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world." His vision was approved by Congress and the program signed into law by President Truman in 1946.
A captain this past Fall for the Buccaneer Volleyball squad and also a captain for the Track & Field team this Spring, Edwards will begin her stay in Russia in September and be there thru May of 2013. While there she will be conducting research on ethnic minority groups and language policy.
In Track & Field, she is currently ranked fifth in the Midwest Conference in both the Shot Put and the Hammer Throw. She won both events at last Saturday's Beloit Open, the first home meet for the program in 15 years.