2015 Fulbright Award Winners

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lindsey Garland ’15 and Shima St Germain ’15 Receive Fulbright Award


The US Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently that Lindsey Garland and Shima St Germain, both graduating members of Agnes Scott College’s class of 2015, have been offered Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants. Garland and St Germain each received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program (ETA) grant to Athens, Greece, and Malaysia respectively. Samantha Thomas, also a member of the class of 2015, was offered an ETA grant to South Korea, but has declined the award in favor of joining the Peace Corps. Agnes Scott alumna Emily Walters ’10 also received an ETA grant to Senegal.

Garland’s interest in the Mediterranean began when she studied abroad in Malta her junior year. She majored in both political science and history at Agnes Scott, and is intrigued by the challenging political climate in Greece and the opportunity to witness the next chapter of their government’s history unfold. Garland will be teaching English and coaching the debate team with the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation in Athens.

Traveling and studying abroad also served as St Germain’s inspiration to apply for a Fulbright to Malaysia. A theater and anthropology/sociology double major, St Germain is originally from Brooklyn, New York. She lived in Haiti as a child, and in her junior year at Agnes Scott she spent a semester abroad in Morocco. St Germain enjoys immersing herself in different cultures, and she looks forward to engaging with the people of Malaysia and learning from her Fulbright experience.

Garland, St Germain, and Walters join the 26 Agnes Scott alumnae who have received Fulbright awards since 2005. Nationally, more than 1,900 US citizens will travel abroad for the 2015-2016 academic year through the Fulbright US Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

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.