This summer, two UK undergraduates participated in the Fulbright-Scotland Summer Institute. Yvonne Johnson (pictured left) and Rebecca Rose Boehman (pictured right) were selected from a national pool of applicants. Yvonne is a sophomore from Pendleton, Kentucky majoring in English and Computer Science, and Rebecca is a sophomore from Noblesville, Indiana majoring in Pre-Pharmacy.
Both Yvonne and Rebecca received assistance from UK’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, which helps students find financial assistance from programs established by non-profit groups, government agencies, and companies.
Yvonne summarized her experience as follows:
If I had to define the Fulbright Scotland Summer Institute, I would call it an educational cultural immersion. Outside of class, Fulbright not only gives students unique opportunities like meeting with the First Minister of Scotland, but it also gives them free time to go out and explore the country on their own. I didn’t know what to expect, besides maybe kilts and bagpipes, because whenever I thought of the United Kingdom or anything British, I could only think of England. However, I have grown to love Scotland and its quirky people. I have awed at its beauty and culture, and in doing so, I have learned firsthand what is uniquely Scottish.
I learned about the Fulbright Summer Institutes through an e-mail from the Undergraduate Office of External Scholarships inviting me to an information session. The information session encouraged me to apply, and before I knew it, I was on a plane headed to Scotland with other students from across the nation.
See some more of her photos below: