NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College senior Erin Tapley has won a Fulbright award to teach English language and American studies to German high school students. The double major (German and international relations) hopes to be a ‘cultural translator” for German students.

‘Not only will I teach English, but I will also be a representative for American culture,” Tapley explained. ‘I look forward to using my Fulbright experience as a stepping stone to learning more about German culture with the hopes of applying this experience to graduate study in European studies.”

A Trustee Scholar and a Charles A. Dana Scholarship recipient at Wheaton, Tapley won the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Prize in 2002.

She has been active in student government as a class officer, Senate member-at-large and as programming council vice chairwoman. She also was a delegate in the Harvard National Model United Nations.

Tapley will graduate from Wheaton on May 22 after completing an honors thesis in German that explores German foreign policy since reunification as a reflection of German culture.

Tapley is the daughter of Gary and Patti Tapley of Auburn, Maine. She is a graduate of Edward Little High School in Auburn.


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