Journalism major Jessica Opatich awarded Fulbright scholarship

Jessica Opatich, a senior Journalism major, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. In August, Opatich will leave for Ghana, where she will be researching the impact of Ghana community radio on women.

The Fulbright Program was created in 1946 to give students who have good academic standing and leadership potential an opportunity to teach or conduct research abroad. Fulbright gives out grants as part of a larger mission to promote mutual understanding between citizens of the United States and people from other countries.

Only 1,900 U.S. students receive Fulbright grants annually, according to The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“I have the opportunity to step completely out of my comfort zone and learn about a new place and the people that shape it,” Opatich said. “I get to bear witness to their lives and I’m sure it will open up opportunities for me to report abroad but I think it will also give me a deeper understanding of the human experience, and as reporters that’s what we chronicle each day.”