Agnes Scott Named a Top Producer of Fulbrights

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Agnes Scott College is one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright grant recipients in the country, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Fulbright grants are prestigious scholarships to research or teach abroad.

Four Agnes Scott students received Fulbright grants in 2012, as many—or more than—top research universities and much larger colleges with 10 or 20 times the number of students.

"Interest in Fulbright is really growing among our students, and they are starting to prepare themselves for applying to the program long before their senior year. In addition to the four who received grants this year, two others were designated alternates. We are doing better each year in the competition thanks to fabulous candidates and strong support from faculty advisers and from the Center for Writing Speaking, which helps students work on their scholarship essays and interviews," said Christine Cozzens, who recently completed a ten-year term as Fulbright Program Adviser and is Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Agnes Scott.

Agnes Scott's record-tying four Fulbright recipients— Katherine Curtiss '12, Melissa Griffith '11, Marian Kaufman '12 and Susanna Martinez '12 —are serving as assistant English teachers in various parts of the world. Curtiss, an anthropology major, is an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Taiwan; Griffith, who graduated last year with a degree in international relations, is an ETA in Taiwan; Kaufman, an English literature-creative writing major with a minor in film and media studies, is an ETA in Indonesia; and Martinez, a psychology major with a minor in education, is an ETA in Argentina.

Li Qi, associate professor of economics, also was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholar grant for study in China.

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates activities relevant to the Fulbright Student Program and Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the U.S Department of State.

The list of top producing Fulbright colleges and universities was announced in the Oct. 28 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.