West Conn student wins Fulbright

Krysta Scriven, a senior at Western Connecticut State University, won a Fulbright Fellowship to serve as an English language teaching assistant at a top-rated high school in Vidin, Bulgaria. She is the sixth WCSU student in the past decade to earn a Fulbright award.

Scriven, a graduate of Waterbury’s Kennedy High School, initially enrolled at WCSU as a science major, but soon switched her focus to writing and later, linguistics.

While at WCSU, Scriven participated in the university’s Kathwari Honors Program, was a writing center tutor, had an internship in the WCSU Office of Publications and Design; and served as a Teaching Assistant, a Student Ambassador in the Admissions Office and is an RA in a residence hall. She’s also a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success and has won the Ronald K. Goodrich Award for Outstanding History Based Research Essay and the Peter Lyons Award for University Service.

She’s also volunteered at an orphanage in Bulgaria through the university, where she was introduced to the country.

After her Fulbright year in Vidin, Scriven plans to head to Guatemala as part of another sea turtle conservation effort and to teach local children English. From there, she plans to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching in order to move to Dubai to teach English there.