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BHS grad heads to Berlin

Brandon Armstrong, left, a 2001 Bearden High School graduate and a 2005 summa cum laude graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Scholarship to study urban sustainability in Berlin, Germany.

Beginning in September, Armstrong will study at the Institute for Sustainability at the Technische Universität in Berlin. He also will conduct research through work with “experimentcity,” a project of the Institute for Creative Sustainability, a non-profit organization that explores and publicizes the linkage between culture, ecology, economy and community.

“My goal is to learn how Berlin became one of the world’s most sustainable cities and to share their best practices with communities in America, especially here in Tennessee,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong is one of more than 1,450 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2008-2009 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student program.

Fulbright scholarships are sponsored by U.S. Department of State and were created in 1946 by the U.S. Congress.

The scholarships were developed in an effort to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright said, "Fostering leadership, learning and empathy between cultures was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program."

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.


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