Wilkes University


Wilkes University Alumnus Receives Fulbright Award To Teach in Taiwan

James Alfano Jr., a 2015 graduate of Wilkes University, has received the Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Taiwan in education. Alfano will teach English at Hualien City School Districts as part of a project to further promote cultural understanding and language instruction to Taiwanese students at their respective schools. Alfano, who received his Wilkes degree in history/secondary education, is currently a district substitute at Radnor School District, located in Wayne, Pa. The award is presented by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Alfano is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.