Three Students Earn Fulbright Grants to Teach Abroad

Monday, June 3, 2013

Three Agnes Scott College students have been selected this year to receive U.S. Fulbright Fellowships, a prestigious scholarship to research or teach abroad.

Anna CabeThis year’s recipients are Anna Cabe ’13, Camille Hackney ’13 and Rhoda Smith ’13.

Agnes Scott was named one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright grant recipients in the country last fall by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The college routinely boasts as many, or more, Fulbright scholars than top institutions with 20 times or more the number of students.

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.

Cabe, who graduated with a degree in English literature and creative writing, will be an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Indonesia.

Camille Hackney“I'm interested in blogging about the religion, arts and culture I will be encountering in this mostly Muslim country, which nevertheless has hundreds of ethnic groups,” Cabe said. “Particularly, Indonesia has had a long, complicated history of colonialism and strongman rule, and I'm curious about how this history plays out in both its art and everyday life.”

After her time in Indonesia, Cabe hopes to get a graduate degree in English literature and creative writing and go on to become a professor and published author.

Hackney, who graduated with a degree in sociology/ anthropology, will be an ETA in Spain.

“After Fulbright, I would like to become certified to be a teacher,” Hackney said.

Smith, with majors in psychology and sociology/anthropology and a minor in education, will be an ETA in Malaysia.

Rhoda Smith“My plan after my Fulbright is to continue teaching … perhaps I will continue teaching abroad, immersing myself in various cultures,” Smith said.

Smith said she sees herself eventually becoming an elementary school teacher.

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.