ETSU's McElroy receives Fulbright Award
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 08/24/2017
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ETSU's Melissa McElroy
Courtesy: ETSU

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Melissa McElroy of Franklin has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award to Germany from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

McElroy, who graduated magna cum laude from ETSU in May with a bachelor’s degree in political science, will support the teaching of English at the Hans-Böckler-Schule in Frankfurt as a foreign language teaching assistant from September until July 2018.  She applied for the Fulbright program as an At-Large candidate.

“I applied for the Fulbright Award because I thought it would be an incredible opportunity to live abroad.  I also wanted to immerse myself in German, so that I could learn more of the language,” said McElroy, who minored in German at ETSU.  “I hope that I can be a good representative of the United States during my time abroad.”

During her time at ETSU, McElroy was a University Honors Scholar and served as an officer of the Gender Equality Movement for three years.  She also participated in Model United Nations.  She is the daughter of Laura and Tom McElroy of Franklin.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.  The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Fulbright scholars address critical global challenges in all areas while building relationships, knowledge and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States.  Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 57 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes and 37 who have served as heads of state or government.

For more information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, visit or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office by phone at 202-632-6452 or email at


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