Exten awarded scholarship

MOLLY A. Exten of the University of Pittsburgh has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Russia to teach English as a foreign language, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Exten is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Exten (formerly Deborah Albright) of Mansfield and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. David (Elsa) Albright Sr., of Shadyside. Molly is a graduate of Mansfield Sr. High, Mansfield and the University of Pittsburgh and is one of over 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demon strated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.