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Three Georgetown College Students Named Fulbright Semi-Finalists

Submitted on February 18, 2024

Two Georgetown College students and one recent alum have been selected as semi-finalists for the 2024-2025 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award. The semi-finalists include senior Hunter Westenhofer ’24 from Georgetown, Kentucky, who is majoring in English and minoring in Women’s Studies; senior Rachel Puckett ’24 from Winchester, Kentucky, who is a double major in chemistry and religion with a minor in psychology; and alum Avery Renner ’22 from Louisville, Kentucky, who graduated with degrees in religion and Spanish. All three students were selected to move forward in the final round of the Fulbright ETA Award Competition.

The Fulbright ETA Program places outstanding students in classrooms around the world to help teach English while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. This selective program connects ETAs with students from kindergarten through college level students, based on each country’s respective needs.

Fulbright applicants endure a lengthy and difficult application process under the guidance of Dr. Barbara J. Burch, Professor of English and director of the Georgetown College Honors Program, Dr. Karyn McKenzie, Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Laura Hunt, Director of International Programs. These professors serve as Fulbright advisers, helping students to create the best applications possible. In addition, Fulbright applicants are helped by countless other Georgetown faculty members who prepare language evaluations and letters of recommendation.

“Moving forward as a semi-finalist for the Fulbright ETA award is an incredible honor. Only a select group of undergraduate students receive this recognition. These three students are some of the best and brightest in the country!” said Associate Provost Dr. Laura Hunt. “I hope the campus community will join me in congratulating these students and cheering them on as they move to the final step in the competition.”

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