Student and Academic Life

UK Senior Selected for Fulbright Germany’s Berlin Capital Program

photo of Lauryn Haas
Lauryn Haas

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2020) — Journalism senior Lauryn Haas has been accepted to Fulbright Germany’s Berlin Capital Program, a weeklong experience that gives 15 young journalists the opportunity to take a closer look at the German media landscape and gain a deeper awareness of the political, economic and cultural environment in Germany and Europe. This year’s participants will explore the role of the media in nurturing democracy.  

From Toledo, Ohio, Haas has been involved with the Kentucky Kernel since her freshman year and has held numerous leadership positions with the KRNL Lifestyle + Fashion magazine. She is a member of Lewis Honors College, a Patterson Scholar, and has completed internships at Adams Street Publishing Company, TRACE Publicity, Smiley Pete Publishing and Grit Daily Live! She is currently a field technician and content coordinator at Green Forests Work.  

Writing has been a part of Haas’ life since she was a young child. “When I was considering which major to pursue, I knew I wanted to do something that would allow me to use my voice to share others’ stories,” she said. “The journalism major was perfect for me because I am learning how to utilize my passion for writing in a professional and meaningful way.” 

Haas credits Kakie Urch, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information, for serving as a mentor during her time at UK. “Professor Urch has worked tirelessly to help me find and secure internships, write me letters of recommendation and advise me on my life and my career, and she is always available to talk,” Haas said. “I feel extremely lucky to have her in my corner.” She is also grateful for the mentorship of the Kernel media advisors, specifically design advisor May May Barton.  

Upon completing her bachelor’s degree in May, Haas plans to start a master’s program in magazine journalism at City, University of London this fall.  

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, part of the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Student and Academic Life, assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with the office well in advance of the scholarship deadline. Staff is available for virtual appointments to discuss opportunities for the 2020-2021 academic year and beyond.

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