North Gwinnett alum receives Fulbright award to teach in Andorra

2014 North Gwinnett High School alumna Kara Jones received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to teach English in Andorra this year. (Special Photo)

Kara Jones, a 2018 graduate of University of South Carolina Honors College and 2014 graduate of North Gwinnett High School, recently received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Andorra from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Jones will support the teaching of English at the University of Andorra as part of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Jones is one of more than 1,900 Americans who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2018-19 school year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and con-tribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all areas while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long term interests of the United States.

Jones joins a distinct group that includes 59 Fulbright alumni who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

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