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Washington and Lee’s Kassie Scott to Attend Fulbright Summer Institute in London

— by on May 18th, 2015

Kassie Scott, a rising sophomore at Washington and Lee University, from Pennsville, New Jersey, will attend a Fulbright Commission King’s College London Summer Institute this July, taking a three-week academic and culture course called “Wonderland: 100 Years of Children’s Literature.”

As a first-generation college student, I never thought a college education was within reach, let alone a Fulbright award,” said Scott. “As a Fulbright Summer Institute participant, I hope to strengthen my voice to empower those who are silenced in my own country and countries around the world. My experiences in London will contribute to my story, setting the stage for the creation of my most beautiful life.”

Scott is an English and journalism double major and a poverty and human capability studies minor. She belongs to Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society; was on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll in fall 2014 and winter 2015; and writes for the Ring-tum Phi student newspaper and the inGeneral student magazine.

She also is a flutist in the W&L University Wind Ensemble; a leader of the Gender Action Group; an SAT tutor and college application mentor; and a volunteer at Lexington’s Heritage Hall Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, trans-Atlantic scholarship program, offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited U.S. or U.K. university. The commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Sen. J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.

Each year, the commission supports around 60 U.K. and U.S. undergraduate students to undertake demanding academic and cultural summer programs at leading institutions in the U.S. and U.K. respectively. Fulbright summer programs cover all participant costs.

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission selects participants through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the commission looks not only for academic excellence but also for a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.