TACOMA, Wash. - University of Puget Sound senior Denise Deutschlander of Adams has won a Fulbright Scholarship, the most competitive and prestigious research and teaching award for work overseas.

The fellowship will pay Deutschlander to teach in Germany during the 2005-2006 school year.

Deutschlander is the daughter of Patricia Tempinski and Paul Deutschlander, both of Pendleton.

A sociology major, Deutschlander will graduate in May from the University of Puget Sound, where she has been active in the community service organization Circle K, and as a tutor for Tacoma elementary school children. She also volunteered through the Tacoma Children's Museum. Deutschlander participated in a study abroad program in Vienna, Austria, in 2004.

Upon completing her German teaching assistantship, Deutschlander plans to attend graduate school to earn a master's degree in teaching.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is the United States' government's flagship academic exchange effort. The program was created by the U.S. Congress in 1946 to foster understanding among nations. The program awards approximately 900 grants annually and operates in more than 140 countries. Fulbright applicants go through a grueling interview process and are chosen on the basis of academic and professional achievement.

The University of Puget Sound is a 2,600-student, independent, nationally ranked liberal arts college in Tacoma, Wash.

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