Three Agnes Scott Students Receive Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Three Agnes Scott College students have been named U.S. Fulbright Scholars, a prestigious scholarship to research or teach abroad.
Charleen McClure, Cara Snyder and Helen Tzow are this year’s recipients of the Fulbright at Agnes Scott.

McClure, class of 2010 and an English major from Marietta, Ga., received an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to teach English in Spain.

“I was notified that I will be placed at a secondary school in metropolitan Madrid. I can't wait to start interacting with Spanish students and getting settled. I know this opportunity will be full of lessons, and I am so ready to open myself up to all the learning that I will come my way,” McClure said.

Snyder, a member of the class of 2009 with B.A. in economics from Greenbelt, Md., received an ETA to teach in Venezuela.
"It feels incredible to be a Fulbright Scholar in Venezuela. After working with Venezuela with The Carter Center, I am especially excited to get involved in the political scene and all the movements for economic justice there. Also, I will be there for the presidential elections during September, which will be very exciting to say the least," Snyder said.

Tzow, class of 2010 and a sociology and anthropology major from Atlanta, received an ETA to teach in Mongolia.

“Serving on the first team of Fulbright English Teaching Assistants to Mongolia is truly an honor. I’m excited about teaching university students and learning from them—not just their language, but also their rich culture. While I am there, I hope to create a public health-related side project to aid in Mongolia’s journey as a developing country,” Tzow said.
Agnes Scott College is one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright Fellows in the country, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Last academic year the college had four Fulbright Scholars.

“We’re so proud of this year’s winners,” said Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott. “It’s very telling that Agnes Scott produces almost as many Fulbright scholars as top universities with 10 or 20 times the number of students. Our students are encouraged to explore global issues and diverse cultures and are equipped with the academic and leadership skills they need to excel as Fulbright scholars all around the world.”

The Fulbright Program is a 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.

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.

“Competition this year was the most intense it has ever been with a record number of applications for all regions,” said Christine Cozzens, Fulbright program adviser and professor of English at Agnes Scott. “It’s a chance to spend a year immersed in another culture and to not only represent your culture and country but to see it from the perspective of others. In this day of globalization and internationalization, living abroad is enlightening and rewarding in countless ways for students.”

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.