Agnes Scott College can now add two additional winners to this year’s already impressive list of U.S. Fulbright Fellowships, a prestigious scholarship to research or teach abroad.
Marlie Bolin, class of 2010, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to teach English in South Korea, and Susan Constantine, director of corporate and foundation relations at Agnes Scott, received a Fulbright International Education Administrators grant to study in Germany.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and designed “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Since its establishment in 1946 the Fulbright Program has provided almost 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.
Bolin graduated from Agnes Scott last year with a degree in classical civilization. In addition to helping students while teaching in South Korea, Bolin said she’s interested in exploring Korean Buddhism and Shamanism and the roles of women in each religion.
“I did a research project in my sacred music of world religions course examining the role of women and women's communities in Korean Shamanism, and I was also hugely interested in Korea simply because I didn't know much about it,” Bolin said. “A lot of emphasis is placed upon Japan and China in the United States, and I feel that Korean culture and tradition don't receive the same attention.”
After teaching in South Korea this year, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in English literature and become a professor but is also very interested in teaching English as a second language abroad.
Constantine will spend two weeks in Germany, learning about the culture and best practices of German and European higher education.
“I anticipate learning a lot more about the educational system in Europe. I think this opportunity will help me explain the importance of study abroad to donors and better serve students considering studying abroad,” Constantine said.
Agnes Scott’s other Fulbright recipients this year, announced in the spring, are Esther Wallace ’10 and Ashley Williams ’11.
Wallace, with a degree in Asian studies, was awarded an ETA to teach in Taiwan and Williams, an art history major with a minor in French, received an ETA to teach in Morocco.
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships Program, an element of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, places U.S. students as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas, thus improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while enhancing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.
The International Education Administrators seminars program helps international education professionals and senior higher education officials from the United States create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system from the inside out as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues.
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 cultural and experiential learning opportunities. A diverse and growing residential community of scholars, this highly selective liberal arts and sciences college is known for its dynamic and challenging intellectual community. Encouraging students to engage the wider world through study abroad and presenting its curriculum with international context, Agnes Scott College delivers on its promise: The World. For Women.