Mercer graduates receive Fulbright awards to Spain, Finland

Jessica Lewis, left and Johna Wright

Mercer University Class of 2020 graduates Jessica Lewis and Johna Wright recently received prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Awards to Spain and Finland, respectively, bringing the institution’s total number of Fulbright recipients to five — the most ever in a single academic year — for 2019-2020.

Lewis, from Hilliard, Ohio, is double-majoring in holistic child education and Spanish. She will serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in the Canary Islands, teaching students ages 3-5 or 6-12.

Wright, from Thomson, is majoring in psychology with a minor in English. She will apply a Fulbright Graduate Study Award toward pursuing a master’s degree in comparative social policy and welfare at Tampere University in Tampere, Finland. The two-year program is jointly organized with Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, and provides students with one-to-one mentoring.

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Photo: Jessica Lewis, left, and Johna Wright