Willamette Grad Receives Fulbright Scholarship to Study in Moscow

Willamette University 2001 graduate Tessa Platt has received a Fulbright Scholarship award of $19,000 to study in Moscow for one year. Her program will begin this fall and will run through spring 2002. In order to participate in the Fulbright Program, Platt will defer enrollment to Harvard Law School until the fall 2002.

The Fulbright Scholarship will provide her the opportunity to focus on Russian-area studies and international relations at the International University of Moscow in cooperation with the Moscow Institute for Advanced Study. Upon completing her year abroad, Platt hopes to dual enroll in the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School — culminating in a master's degree in public policy and doctorate of jurisprudence. Ultimately, she would like to work for the U.S. government or for a non-profit in the area of public policy.

Platt, a graduate of North Medford High School in Medford, Ore., double majored in history and Russian at Willamette University. While completing her bachelor's degree, Platt worked as a legislative aid and an intern at the Oregon State Capitol during her sophomore and senior years. In addition to her experience in public service, she was a Truman Scholarship finalist during her junior year, was involved in student government and served as Mortar Board president.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program is administered by the U.S. government in cooperation with over 140 countries around the world. The Fulbright Program emphasizes academic and professional excellence with awards based on open competition. Approximately 4,500 new grants are awarded annually.