Natalie Hemphill of Ashland has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant to work and study in Spain.

Natalie Hemphill of Ashland has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant to work and study in Spain.

Hemphill graduated from the University of Portland in May 2011 with degrees in Spanish and life science and minors in psychology and health and physical education. She was also a member of the university's cross country and track teams, where she was a first-team All-West Coast Conference runner in cross country and has the school record for steeplechase in track. She is a 2006 graduate of Ashland High School.

Hemphill is the first student in the history of the university to win a Fulbright to Spain, among the most competitive countries in the world for Fulbright applicants. She has been selected for an English teaching assistantship (ETA).

The United States Fulbright program began after World War II to "assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States and other countries of the world" through the exchange of students, scholars and professionals.