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Lily Edgar Receives Fulbright

Lily EdgarLily Edgar, a senior at Manhattanville College, has been selected as a Fulbright U.S Student award winner to teach in South Korea. After graduating from Manhattanville in May, Lily will spend a year in South Korea teaching English to students who are non-native speakers.

"I am of course very happy and extremely excited to be given the Fulbright," said Edgar. "I had to wait a long time to hear from them and I was starting to worry I wouldn't get it, but I am so relieved now that I know and it was totally worth the wait. I can't wait to go to South Korea to start teaching."

Edgar spent months writing multiple essays and going through a lengthy application process. All the time spent was well worth it. After having the chance to teach in China last Summer, Edgar yearned for the chance to go back.

"I am expecting somewhat of a culture shock at first but I feel that I will adapt well since I've been to Asia before," stated Edgar. "I feel like this is more than just a job I'll have for a year, it is a real experience that I'll always look back on. I think the Fulbright is a great way to travel the world while also pursuing a desired career, which is exactly what I wanted to do."

According to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Chart, 285 applicants applied for only 80 spaces in South Korea last year. Edgar has accomplished a great achievement to be chosen as a Fulbright Scholar. Provost Gail Simmons was also very proud of Edgar's achievement.

"Manhattanville is very proud of Lily Edgar's accomplishments in English and Asian Studies, along with her dedication to service as a teacher of English, that have led to her Fulbright scholarship," stated Provost Simmons. "Her achievement is a demonstration of how a Manhattanville education, based on our mission 'to educate students to be ethical and socially-responsible leaders in a global community,'can lead students to amazing experiences beyond the boundaries of our campus."