UHM German B.A. ’16 and SLS M.A. ’18 Uy-di Nancy Le has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. She will be an English Teaching Assistant in Brandenburg during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Nancy’s selection for a Fulbright award is an achievement for which she can be justly proud. The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. She will be joining the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, alongside many distinguished figures around the world. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists, and teachers. They include 59 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 71 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Since its inception in 1946, more than 380,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Program.

Nancy was selected from a highly qualified and competitive pool of applicants.

She was also selected for the Diversity Group, which is assigned to schools with a high proportion of students with an immigrant/minority.  Nancy also plans to teach German to refugees.

Nancy is very interested in second language acquisition, in identifying difficulties learners might have and in displaced language learners, such as refugees and immigrants, who might have to learn an additional language in order to acclimate to their new home.

At UH, Nancy double majored in German and Psychology graduating in May 2016. Subsequently, she pursued an M.A. in SLS at UHM (’18). In Spring 2017, she chaired the 21st Annual College of LLL Graduate Student Conference. During her time at UHM, she served as ACE Peer Mentor, mentoring first year students, and taught as an English Language Learner (ELL) tutor at elementary schools, as an English language assistant in Thailand and as an English Language Instructor (ELI) at the University of Hawaii.

Bespeaking her community-oriented spirit, leadership skills and commitment to giving back, Nancy re-introduced German studies to her alma mater, Kalani High School, in fall 2017.

She is a member of two honor societies: Psi Chi International Honor Society, the Psychology Honorary Society; and Delta Phi Alpha, the German National Honorary Society.

We congratulate Uy-di Nancy Le on her success and wish her all the best in Germany.


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