Louisville's Hilary Skov '11 Named Fulbright Grant Recipient
From Emmanuel College Emmanuel College senior Hilary Skov '15, who is completing an Individualized major in health and rehabilitation science, was recently were named a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant recipient. Hilary will work as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Indonesia, returning to that country after her experience abroad there during her junior year.
After traveling abroad to Indonesia her junior year, Skov, who is completing an Individualized major in health and rehabilitation science, fell in love with the country's people, culture, food and environment - that's why she chose to go back to teach English. While her first trip was to Bali, she anticipates her Fulbright placement will be in an area less saturated with Western culture.
On her previous visit, she stayed with three host families who made her feel at home by teaching her how to cook traditional food, carve masks, weld silver, dance and how to pronounce difficult worlds.
"The people were so unbelievably warm and welcoming," Skov said. "What struck me especially, though, was their curiosity about my life in America. In addition to teaching me, they genuinely wanted to learn from me. It was a very unique and rewarding bond and I can't wait to return and continue learning from them."
Along with teaching, Skov will work with Yayasan Wisma Cheshire and Yayasan Cipta Mandiri, two organizations that focus on increasing the accessibility of employment and educational skills for individuals with disabilities.
When she visited Indonesia previously, she noticed the mental and physical barriers people with disabilities face in the country on daily basis. On her own daily commute, Skov would witness a woman carry her elementary school-aged son everywhere because he was paralyzed from the waist down, and the family could not afford a wheelchair. However, she said the unpaved roads and broken sidewalks make it difficult to even use a wheelchair for those fortunate enough to own one.
"I hope to work to de-stigmatize disability and increase individual levels of self-efficacy. Of course, this is not a quick-fix, but I look forward to doing the best that I can and helping in any way possible," Skov said.