Morton ’16 earns Fulbright to teach in Azerbaijan

Kayla Morton ’16 was recently awarded a Fulbright to Azerbaijan.

Morton is an international relations and Russian major, and has worked in the Writing Studio for three years. As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant she will teach Azerbaijani college students English and American culture.

“I’m looking forward to learning about Azerbaijani culture and getting to know the students that I will be serving,” Morton said. “Moreover, I look forward in being able to challenge myself.”

The Cornell College senior becomes the 13th Cornellian in the past 11 years awarded a Fulbright.

“What ‘won’ me this award was Christ and my faith in Him,” Morton said. “I know that this would not be possible for me unless the Lord meant for me to have the opportunity to win this award. Along with this, I would also say my background helped as well.”

For the nine months she’ll be in the country she will also pursue outside research and plans to start an art program for the students she is working with.

Morton became interested in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program because she wanted to have impact on education. Many people around her also encouraged her to get involved. She leaves for Azerbaijan in September.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and was established in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.

For more information, contact Cornell College Public Relations Director Jill Hawk at 319.895.4232 or email