Santiago Osorio ('15 MM-orchestral conducting) has been named as a Fulbright Scholar for 2016. From Highland Park, IL, Osorio's Fulbright Study/Research Award is contingent upon a successful audition and acceptance into a German music program, where he hopes to improve his skills as a conductor and his ability to bring great music to wide audiences, as well as to foster relationships between audiences and orchestras. He looks forward to becoming a part of Germany’s long tradition of excellent musical training, its support for the arts, and to better understand the relationship between the country and its cultural institutions.
Osorio is one of four Penn State alumni chosen by the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State, for the 2016-2017 academic year. Additional recipients of these nationally competitive awards could be named in the coming weeks, as Fulbrights are awarded country by country throughout the spring.
These Penn Staters will travel the globe, some spending close to a year, others spending up to two years, living with and learning from the people of their host countries. Some will conduct research at host universities, while others will help teach English to local students and carry out projects in support of the community. All will serve as cultural ambassadors of Penn State and the U.S., engaging in the community, gaining an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, and promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding.
“Acceptance to the Fulbright program involves several rounds of interviews and evaluations, first by a team here at Penn State and eventually by reviewers from the prospective host country. Students are chosen on the strengths of their background, their proposed activities, and their suitability to living in a new environment,” said Tanya Furman, interim director of the University Fellowships Office and associate vice president and associate dean for Undergraduate Education. “We are so proud of these award recipients, and are delighted that they will have such a rich opportunity for learning, exploration and growth," Furman continued.