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YSU senior is semifinalist for Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Emily Henline, a graduate of Fitch High School, is YSU’s first semifinalist since 2016.
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Youngstown State University senior Emily Henline is seen at one of the lakes at Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea. Henline is a semifinalist in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and hopes to go to South Korea to earn a master’s degree. (Photo courtesy of YSU)

YOUNGSTOWN — Emily Henline of Austintown, a senior at Youngstown State University, has been selected as a semifinalist in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and hopes to go to South Korea to earn a master’s degree.

YSU’s first semifinalist since 2016, Henline’s application is under review by the Fulbright Commission, and she will be notified this spring if she is a finalist.

A graduate of Fitch High School, Henline enrolled at YSU in 2015 and is double-majoring in English and Education (Integrated Language Arts, 7-12), with a minor in Linguistics and a TESOL Endorsement.

“I’ve always been interested in other cultures and languages,” Henline said in a news release. “At YSU, I developed relationships with visiting students from South Korea and became interested in studying their language and the country's history.”

She then spent the 2017-18 academic year studying abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, as a Gilman Scholar, focusing on Korean history, cultures and language.

“The Korean language courses were intensive, five times a week, two hours each day,” she said. “I thought this experience would fulfill my dreams, but it only ignited a passion to continue studying the language and the cultures and people.” 

If selected as a Fulbright finalist, Henline will travel back to South Korea to earn a master's degree in Korean Studies with a focus on linguistic imperialism and Korean language identity.