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Jessica Romero, Spanish and Portuguese ’18, offered Fulbright grant

7/6/2018  8:00 am

Jessica Romero, a 2018 graduate in Spanish and Portuguese, has been offered a highly prestigious Fulbright grant this year, awarding her the opportunity to pursue international research, educational, and teaching experiences.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provided by the U.S. government, builds international relationships to solve global challenges. Based on their academic and professional achievement as well as their demonstrated leadership potential, approximately 2,100 U.S. citizens will travel abroad for the 2018-19 academic year through the Fulbright program.

Romero, of Cicero, Ill., and a graduate of J. Sterling Morton East High School, has been selected to represent the U.S. as a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Brazil. She will spend nine months at a university instructing future English as a foreign language teachers. A May 2018 bachelor's degree recipient with majors in Spanish and Portuguese, Romero gained instructional experience as an intern with the Intensive English Institute on campus and as a program assistant with Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange.

Her Fulbright in Brazil will be her third trip to Latin America after having studied abroad in Costa Rica for a semester during her sophomore year and in Rio de Janeiro in fall 2017. In Costa Rica, Romero provided weekly English lessons at a local library and an elementary school. In Champaign-Urbana, she tutored children through the organizations Student Opportunities for After-School Resources and Vis-a-Vis. After the Fulbright, Romero seeks to continue her career as an educator teaching Latin American history.