CLEMSON — Two Clemson graduates have been awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships.

Dorothy Behre of Charleston, a recent graduate with a degree in English and Chinese, and Julianne Garner of Verona, N.J., a recent graduate with a dual degree in secondary education and history, will travel abroad to help teach English to non-English speakers.

“In many ways winning a Fulbright Grant is akin to a national championship in sports,” said Stephen Wainscott, Clemson’s representative to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. “Clemson students are competing against the best and the brightest college students in the country, and the ratio of applications submitted to the number of grants awarded is often greater than 10-to-1.”

Behre, who will travel to Taiwan, was a member of the Calhoun Honors College, a Phi Beta Kappa elect and president of the Chinese Club. In the summer of 2012, she received Clemson’s Duckenfield Scholarship to study British literature at the University of Oxford, and she has studied abroad in China, France and Germany. Following her Fulbright year, she plans to earn a master’s in intercultural communication and pursue a career with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Garner will travel to South Korea. She was a member of the Calhoun Honors College and Japanese Language and Culture Club, and has toured Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece and Egypt. Following her Fulbright year, Garner plans to earn a master’s in international comparative education and pursue a career in education reform.

Fulbright applicants must have superior academic credentials, solid knowledge of the prospective host country, proficiency in the language of the host country and a commitment to furthering mutual understanding and goodwill. Since 2008, 10 Clemson students have received Fulbright grants for study, research or English-language teaching in eight different countries.

An English Teaching Assistantship places a recipient in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture.

– By Molly Collins