Alumnus selected for Fulbright award, will teach in Indonesia
Greg Sutton '14, who majored in political science and international studies while at Elon, will travel to Indonesia as part of a federal program that builds goodwill between the United States and people of other nations.
Greg Sutton '14 will spend a year teaching English in Indonesia with support from a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.
Sutton has been working at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., a private nonprofit that promotes U.S. global engagement and international collaboration, since he graduated from Elon after majoring in political science and international studies. At Meridian, Sutton works as a program associate and helps implement the International Visitor Leadership Porgram, a U.S. State Department exchange program that brings foreign leaders to the U.S. for travel and observation.
"I am honored to have the chance to go to Indonesia through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program," Sutton said. "I am thrilled to help Indonesian high schoolers attain one of the most valuable skills they can have in today’s increasingly globalized world: English fluency. Beyond that, I am looking forward to acting as an ambassador of goodwill towards the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation and increasing my understanding of this incredibly large, complex, and diverse country."
Originally from Davidson, N.C., Sutton studied in Peru and in Istanbul, Turkey, while at Elon and has participated in English language immersion summer camps in Turkey and France. Sutton is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Delta Phi, Sigma Iota Rho and Pi Gamma Mu honor societies.
"I would like to continue to pursue a career in international education, exchange, and public diplomacy, and I believe this fellowship will be a perfect opportunity to increase both my understanding of the world and my own skills," Sutton said.
Elon students and recent alums interested in the Fulbright program are encouraged to visit the National and International Fellowships Office in Powell building or by calling (336) 278-5749.