UM Professor Wins Fulbright Scholar Award to Help Advance Education in Ukraine

July 19, 2017

Lisa Blank, an education professor at UM, will travel to Ukraine to advance educational reform through a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award. MISSOULA – A professor in the University of Montana’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to travel to a school in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Lisa Blank will help teachers at Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University advance educational reform in classrooms, buildings and communities through a semesterlong seminar and related workshops.

“This award is just one of many examples of Dr. Blank’s exemplary contributions to the field of education,” said Peter Knox, communications and outreach manager in UM’s college of education. “Her consummate dedication to enhancing educational practices and providing unique opportunities for students of all backgrounds and experiences is unparalleled and continues to garner positive attention to the crucial work being done by all the faculty in the College of Education and Human Sciences at UM.”

This year, Ukraine will host 29 Fulbright grantees and up to 10 Fulbright specialists to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the program in Ukraine. The country also will celebrate 26 years of independence, and Fulbright awardees will witness living history, as Ukraine just gained freedom in 2014.

Rewarded by the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards recognize academic or professional achievement and leadership potential in a field. More than 800 U.S. citizens will travel abroad for the 2017-18 academic year to teach, conduct research or provide expertise.

The Fulbright Program operates in 160 countries and since 1946 has engaged more than 370,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists in studying, teaching, conducting research, exchanging ideas and finding solutions for international concerns. Alumni have won multiple awards, including 57 Nobel Prizes and 82 Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 have served as the head of a state or government.

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Contact: Peter Knox, communications and outreach manager, UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, 406-243-4911,