David Giesige

(4-8-18) Celina High School graduate David Giesige has been named a Fulbright scholar. Giesige, who will graduate with honors from Ohio State University in May, will spend the next school year in the Netherlands, assisting with high school English classes and studying the Dutch system of education for high school students.

Fulbright grants offer one year of academic study, research, or teaching assistantship experience in more than 160 countries. Over 1,900 grants are awarded annually to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, 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. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of qualifications such as their academic success, leadership capabilities, and desire to foster mutual cultural understanding.

Giesige, 25, is an education major who plans to teach high school English. He has spent the last semester as a student teacher at Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio.

“This is the perfect opportunity to expand my horizons –literally—as an educator. “I owe it to my future students to push my own boundaries as much as possible, and this seemed like a good avenue for that.”

In the Netherlands, Giesige will be an English-teaching assistant (ETA) at a school in Almelo, a city of 72,000 in the eastern part of the country. He will also research the Dutch system of vocational education, as well as Dutch methods in instruction for immigrants who do not speak Dutch.

“My time in the Netherlands will provide me an opportunity to address situations that happening in education in Ohio. The answers to issues that we face locally might exist abroad. I hope to find alternative ways to address the issue of students graduating without a career path, and the issue of students coming into a school without language skills and how to better integrate them into a school system.”

Giesige said that the Dutch have attempted to integrate a rapid influx of refugees and non-native speakers into their school system.

“Columbus is facing a similar rapid increase of non-English speakers, and this will be a good way of studying that situation.”

The application process for the Fulbright is rigorous and involves interviews, personal essays and research planning.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 390,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. For more information, visit https://us.fulbrightonline.org/.