Bennett named NSU’s second Fulbright recipient in university history


NSU Fulbright recipient Darla Bennett poses next to the Northeastern State University sign. Bennett will teach abroad in Colombia as part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Source: Northeastern State University

Darla Bennett of Muskogee has been named Northeastern State University’s second Fulbright U.S. Student Award recipient.

As a Fulbright participant, Bennett will teach abroad for the 2022-2023 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

“I was surprised, honestly,” Bennett said about learning of her award. “It isn't something I had planned, but here we are. I'm excited, of course, and incredibly honored to be representing NSU, Oklahoma and the U.S.”

Bennett, a creative writing alumna of NSU, traveled to Colombia this month where she will serve as an assistant English teacher at the Colegio Mayor del Cauca in Popayán.

The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to aid local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected in an open, merit-based competition that considers leadership potential, academic and/or professional achievement and record of service.

“The program is a tremendous life-changer,” said NSU Fulbright Program Adviser Dr. Andrew Vassar. “Once Darla’s year is complete, she will be called on for other opportunities because she is a Fulbright scholar for life.”

Fulbright alumni careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed alumni, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 61 Nobel Prize laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recipients and 40 who have served as a head of state or government.

“I'd recommend that any students who are interested in Fulbright start by contacting Dr. Vassar and then by doing a deep dive on the website,” Bennett said. “Research the countries you're interested in and narrow the field to the ones that are the best fit for you. Just apply. Go for it.”

Students interested in the Fulbright Program can learn more by emailing and visiting

About the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program.

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants from over 160 countries the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright program is an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

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