Crockett native receives coveted Fullbright Award
Houston County Courier
Elizabeth Kennedy, who was born and raised in Crockett, has won a prestigious Fulbright Award for 2013-2014. Kennedy earned her undergraduate degree in government and humanities at the University of Texas at Austin and a Master's degree in refugee and forced migration studies from the University of Oxford. She currently is working on her PhD in geography through a joint program with San Diego State University and the University of California at Santa Barbara. The award will allow for her to live in El Salvador and continue her research working with unaccompanied child migrants. Kennedy is one of 11 San Diego State University students receiving a Fullbright Award for 2013-2014. "My heartiest congratulations to our Fulbright scholars," said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman. "For our students, their year as a Fulbright scholar will be a transformational experience." The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. About 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars and 900 visiting scholars receive awards annually. Named for U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, the program was founded in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and of other countries. Currently, the Fulbright programs operates in more than 155 countries.