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Abigail Trch ’23 of Algonquin, Illinois, has been awarded a highly competitive Fulbright fellowship to Taiwan for the 2024-25 year.

Abigail Trch ?23 Selected for an English Teaching Assistantship, Ms. Trch will be placed in Kaohsiung, the third-largest city in Taiwan. Coming off a gap year, she’ll supplement classroom teachers’ English language instruction while serving as an American cultural ambassador.

Ms. Trch attributes her successful Fulbright application to the transformative skills she gained from a wide range of Carthage experiences. While earning a degree in political science, she participated in Model United Nations, lettered in women’s volleyball in 2020-21, and worked in the Brainard Writing Center.

She previously spent time in Taiwan as part of the Capitalist China course taught by professors Jerald Mast and Stephen Udry — one of three J-Term study tours Ms. Trch took at the College.

Supported by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the premier source of cultural and educational exchange fellowships for American students. Carthage is a leading producer of Fulbright fellows, with 35 alumni receiving the fully funded fellowship since 2008.