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Pepperdine Alumnae Receive Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships

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Two recent Seaver College graduates have joined the elite rank of Fulbright Scholars—one of the most prestigious scholarly awards worldwide. Danielle Claypool (’16) and Lauren Haberstock (’16) will be using their Fulbright awards to travel internationally to begin their journey as English teaching assistants (ETA) in the fall.

Claypool, who graduated this spring after majoring in English literature, will travel to Turkey as an ETA for the 2016-2017 school year. While researching the countries involved in the program, Claypool’s passion for fine arts inspired her to select Turkey. “A significant aspect of my excitement to live in Turkey actually originates in my love for art and, specifically, Islamic art. I am very much looking forward to exploring Turkey’s dynamic art culture and the various religiously significant locations within Turkey,” she shares.

Haberstock, who spent her sophomore year at Pepperdine studying in Heidelberg, knew that returning to Germany as an ETA in Frankenberg was the right decision for her. “I selected Germany because of my experience with the language and the country,” she explains. “In my mind, it simply made sense to continue my language studies and to further engage with the German culture, sharing my own language and culture in the process.”

In addition to the cultural and linguistic development that Haberstock expects to gain in Germany, she also hopes to help her students discover a passion for local community service.