Elon University senior Brittany Carroll has been awarded a Fulbright grant that will fund a year of teaching in Taiwan in 2011-12. Carroll was one of three Elon seniors awarded a Fulbright this spring, the largest number of students in university history to receive the honor in the same academic year.

The 2011 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship will allow the Washington, D.C., native to teach English and sharpen her own skills in Mandarin Chinese. The international studies and political science double major plans to pursue a career in international affairs. Her research interests at Elon have been on oil relations between Asian and African nations, and on international education for special needs children in Asia and Africa. 

“The Fulbright Teaching assistantship for Taiwan will not only afford me the opportunity to uniquely represent my country, but also fulfill my passion for intercultural exchange, by improving my foreign language proficiency and really understanding the heart of Taiwanese culture,” said Carroll, an Asian studies minor, in a prepared statement. “It would be an absolute honor to devote my time and energy in embracing another culture, but also shedding a light to others on the rich diversity within America.”

Outside of the classroom, Carroll remains active with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, serving as its treasurer, historian and corresponding secretary. She is a member of the Periclean Scholars, is involved with the Elon University Orchestra, and sings alto in the Elon University Gospel Choir. Carroll is the daughter of Jerry and Bonnie Linen-Carroll of Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education, the Fulbright was established in 1946 by Congress to “enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”

Since its establishment under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.