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2011.05.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Graduate Student to Study in Ireland this Summer

Omaha - Molly Loesche, a graduate student at University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), has received a grant from the Fulbright Commission in Ireland that will allow her to participate in Irish language courses in Ireland this summer.

Loesche is currently writing a master's thesis on the various roles rural Irishwomen played in the Irish-Ireland (cultural nationalist) movement, which included promoting the use of the Irish language, educating children in Irish history and the various other ways a woman could make the home more "Irish." She will be enrolled at National University of Ireland in Galway, but will be living and studying in Carraroe, an Irish-speaking village in County Galway.

The grant Loesche received, an Irish Language Summer Study Award, covers all expenses. She will attend four weeks of intensive Irish classes beginning on July 15.

“This opportunity is exciting for me. Studying abroad again will widen my appreciation for both the language and the culture of Ireland,” Loesche said. She studied at the same language program at Carraroe last year.

In 1957, the Fulbright Program was established in Ireland and was initially administered by An Bord Scoiláireachtaí Cómhalairte (the Scholarship Exchange Board). A bilateral agreement between Ireland and the United States was signed in 1988 and a statutory public body, The Ireland - United States Commission for Educational Exchange (The Fulbright Commission) was established in 1992.

The Commission is funded by the Irish and United States governments, higher education institutions, public agencies and organizations and donations from the corporate sector. Annually, the Commission awards scholarships for Irish citizens to study and research in the United States and for U.S. citizens to study and research in Ireland. Since that time more than 1,600 Irish postgraduate students, academics and professionals have studied in top US colleges and research institutes and more than 650 US students and scholars have come to Ireland.

For more information, call (402) 554.3502.

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