Agnes Scott College Selected Among Peace Corps’ 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities

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Agnes Scott College Inquiries Contact:
Danita V. Knight
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404.596.2939 (cell)
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Public Affairs Specialist
Phone: 305.497.7427 (office)
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Decatur, GA, February 21, 2018—Today the Peace Corps announced that Agnes Scott College ranked No. 10 among small (fewer than 5,000 students) schools on the agency’s 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 13 Agnes Scott alumnae currently volunteering worldwide. A total of 77 Agnes Scott alumnae have served in the Peace Corps since the agency was founded in 1961.

“Peace Corps service is a profound expression of the idealism and civic engagement that colleges and universities across the country inspire in their alumni,” said Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley. “As Peace Corps Volunteers, recent college and university graduates foster capacity and self-reliance at the grassroots level, making an impact in communities around the world. When they return to the United States, they have new, highly sought-after skills and an enterprising spirit that further leverages their education and strengthens their communities back home.”

Ellie Spresser of Phoenix, Arizona, graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2012 and is serving as a high school teacher and teacher training volunteer in Indonesia. “Agnes Scott trained me to ask better questions and honed my inquisitive nature. These are important skills to have when becoming a part of the community as a Peace Corps volunteer,” said Spresser.

Emily Finestead of Portland, Oregon, graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2016 and is serving as an English teaching volunteer in China. “I think Agnes Scott best prepared me for serving in the Peace Corps by the education I received. So many of my classes encouraged us to think about other cultures and investigate different ways of seeing things–nothing was black or white. My anthropology classes advocated multiculturalism; my women’s studies classes taught intersectionality; and the education classes offered varying ways to teach and learn. As well, I was offered so many opportunities to serve.

“Ellie and Emily are two examples of alumnae living Agnes Scott College’s mission of educating women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their time,” said Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss. “As one of the smaller institutions on the list, we are so proud of them and all 77 Agnes Scott alumnae who have served in the Peace Corps and made a difference around the world.”

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Below find the top five schools in each category and the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. View the complete 2018 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here, and find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here.

Small Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:
Fewer than 5,000 undergraduates

  1. St. Mary’s College of Maryland – 17
  2. Macalester College – 15
  3. St. Lawrence University – 15
  4. University of Redlands – 14
  5. University of Mary Washington – 14
  6. Evergreen State College – 14
  7. Hobart and William Smith Colleges – 14
  8. Whitworth University – 14
  9. Spelman College – 14
  10. Willamette University – 13
  11. Denison University – 13
  12. Agnes Scott College – 13
  13. Carleton College – 12
  14. Bucknell University – 12
  15. Eckerd College – 12 

*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2017 data as of September 30, 2017, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

Ellie Spresser, going to a wedding with her counterpart and her family in their matching batik! Photo supplied by PCV Ellie Spresser.
Ellie Spresser, going to a wedding with her counterpart and her family in their matching batik! Photo supplied by PCV Ellie Spresser.
Emily Finestead, with a fellow teacher, and two students.
Emily Finestead, with a fellow teacher, and two students. Photo supplied by PCV Emily Finestead.

 

 

 

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The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 230,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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.