Redlands Fulbright Recipient to Teach in Germany

Aho at commencement

Recent University of Redlands graduate Brett Aho has received a Fulbright Award to teach for a year in Germany.

Aho, from Bremerton, Wash., completed three majors, French, German and International Relations at the University of Redlands.

He spent his junior year abroad, studying in Freiburg, Germany, and in Saint-Louis, Senegal. While in Senegal he worked as an intern for the West African Rice Development Association, a group dedicated to improving the livelihoods and crop output of the local farmers. He was also involved in teaching at a local school in Senegal.

Aho, who writes extensively, was a contributor to the Bulldog Weekly, the campus newspaper. He was also a member of Students for Environmental Activism since 2009, and the Illahee Forest Stewardship Committee since 2003. He is noted by his professors for his talents in communicating with others, said Professor Jack Osborn, Hunsaker Chair of Management and a coach and advisor to students interested in applying for a Fulbright.

He will be heading to the city of Lübeck, in Schleswig-Holstein, for his Fulbright appointment.

Following his year abroad, Aho expects to go to graduate school in journalism or international law and eventually enter either public service or the communications field, said Osborn.

“Redlands has been all about the camaraderie. The ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality is something that defines Redlands,” reflected Aho. “It's the close friendships and broad circles of friends that arise from this gregarious atmosphere that have really shaped who I am.”

Aho’s Fulbright award marks the seventh in three years for University of Redlands undergraduates.

Fulbright awards are the highest and most competitive awards for overseas research or teaching given by the federal government to approximately 1,500 graduating seniors. Annually only 11 percent of all Fulbright awards are given to undergraduate students.

The University’s three 2009 winners join three other Redlands students who won Fulbright awards the previous year, which marked an unprecedented group achievement for Redlands undergraduates.

Of the seven recent Redlands Fulbright recipients, five have received awards to conduct research or teach in Germany.

There are more than 1,700 trees on the University of Redlands campus.

In April 2010, it was designated a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Redlands is among just three other colleges or universities in California to receive this designation.

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