Agnes Scott College Announces 2020 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award Recipient

abisola-james-headshot.jpgDecatur, GA, May 28, 2020—Agnes Scott College is pleased to announce that Abisola James has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award for an English Teaching Assistantship for the 2020-21 academic year. This highly competitive award is administered by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic achievement, as well as ambassadorial abilities, leadership potential and language preparation. Teaching assistants help teach the English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S.

Abisola, a political science major and an English minor, is a 2020 graduate of Agnes Scott. She has traveled throughout Mainland China and studied at the University of Shanghai. “These studies have inspired my interest in writing as a form of expression and political discussion,” said Abisola. “My plan is to spend my Fulbright grant as an English teaching assistant in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I have been taking Mandarin since high school and have continued studying the language while attending Agnes Scott. I thought Taiwan would be a great location for me to advance in Mandarin while also getting the opportunity to teach children English and about my experience living in America. While in Taiwan, I am also planning to explore different cities, meet new people while practicing Mandarin, and learn as much as I can about Taiwanese culture during my free time. After completing the Fulbright, I plan to pursue a master’s in international service through the Rangel Program.”

When asked to provide some words of encouragement to future Fulbrights, Abisola said, “My advice for Fulbright applicants would be to elaborate on past experiences that compelled you to apply to the program.” “Also, I would advise applicants to utilize the advice of faculty members to help improve their applications.”

“Abisola provides a stellar example of our students engaging with the intellectual and social challenges of our times,” said Agnes Scott President Leocadia I. Zak. “And, her natural passion for learning will make her an outstanding teacher. Abisola embodies Agnes Scott’s signature educational experience, SUMMIT, which focuses on leadership development and global engagement. By receiving a Fulbright award, Abisola has joined one of the most prestigious networks in the world. We are very proud of her.”

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About the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the State Department. Governments, host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide support to the program, which operates in more than 160 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 more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all disciplines while building relationships, knowledge and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 84 who have received Pulitzer Prizes and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

About Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College educates students to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Ranked the No. 1 Most Innovative School, No. 1 Social Mobility and No. 2 Best Undergraduate Teaching among liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 Best Colleges edition, Agnes Scott is a premier institution known for SUMMIT, its signature approach to a liberal arts education, focusing on global learning and leadership development. Learn more at agnesscott.edu.