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Boise State University's Record Number Of Fulbright Scholars Face Uncertainty Due To COVID-19

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Connor Dennis is planning on teaching English in Taiwan on an English Teaching Assistant grant.

In the past nine years, 21 graduate and undergraduate students have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships. This year, five Boise State students have been chosen, setting a new state record.

“Here I am from Boise State and I really think it’s cool that this program isn’t just for the elite, it’s for everybody," said Connor Dennis, one of the Fulbright Scholars selected this year. 

The history major says he credits some of his success to his advisor, who offered him tireless support including helping him through 13 edits of essays.

“When you realize how much work you have to put into these one-page papers, it was really harder than my senior paper that I just turned in, which was 20 pages," said Dennis. 

He was going to start teaching English in Taiwan in August, but COVID-19 has delayed the program until the beginning of next year. Dennis says his program will now be shortened by five months.

“Yeah I’m bummed right now, but I’m sure I’ll be just as excited when it comes around," said Dennis. 

He is worried there may be more logistical hiccups coming his way because of the virus, but he is trying to stay focused on learning Mandarin Chinese and looking forward to his time abroad. 

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