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Austintown woman is Fulbright semifinalist

February 5, 2020
The Town Crier

Emily Henline of Austintown, a senior at Youngstown State University, is a semifinalist in the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

She hopes to go to South Korea to earn a master's degree.

YSU's first semi-finalist since 2016, Henline's application is now under review by the Fulbright Commission, and she will be notified this spring if she is a finalist.

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YSU senior Emily Henline of Austintown at one of the lakes at Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea. She is a semifinalist in the Fullbright U.S. Student Program.

A graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, Henline enrolled at YSU in 2015 and is double majoring in English and education, with a minor in linguistics and a Teaching English as a Second Language endorsement.

"I've always been interested in other cultures and languages," she said. "At YSU, I developed relationships with visiting students from South Korea and became interested in studying their language and the country's history."

She then spent the 2017-18 academic year studying abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, as a Gilman Scholar, focusing on Korean history, cultures and language.

"The Korean language courses were intensive, five times a week, two hours each day," she said. "I thought this experience would fulfill my dreams, but it only ignited a passion to continue studying the language and the cultures and people."

If selected a Fulbright finalist, Henline will travel back to South Korea to earn a master's degree in Korean Studies with a focus on linguistic imperialism and Korean language identity.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, started in 1946, offers research, study and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others' viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.



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