Atkins awarded prestigious Fulbright grant

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2018-04-27 07:51:34 - General

Anne Atkins
Anne Atkins

Coe College graduating senior Anne Atkins has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant. The Fulbright award will allow Atkins to teach in Germany during the 2018-19 academic year.

In all, four graduating Coe seniors received Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards this spring. Coe has been named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. students three of the last six years.

Atkins will graduate on May 6 with a major in international relations and a minor in German. During her time at Coe, Atkins has studied abroad in South Korea and Switzerland. Along with Coe International Club, Atkins has been involved with the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and jazz band on campus.

Earlier this semester, Atkins had the opportunity to gain real-world international experience by observing the 68th session of Working Group II of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) at U.N. headquarters in New York City. The externship was provided by the Forum for International Conciliation and Arbitration (FICA), and facilitated by Coe alumnus and trustee Alan M. Anderson, who has been one of FICA's representatives at sessions of the Working Group for the past three years.

Atkins first learned about the Fulbright program through other Coe friends who had applied for the award. She was also aware that Coe is a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students.

"My friends were a big influence and encouraged me to apply for the Fulbright," said Atkins. "It's a prestigious program and something I've always been interested in doing."

As someone who has been studying German since eighth grade and is almost fluent in the language, applying for the Fulbright to Germany was a natural fit for Atkins.

"My German language skills made me an ideal candidate, and I've visited Germany cumulatively for a month and a half," said Atkins. "I've seen a lot of Germany, and I love being in the country, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to live and work there."

After her year teaching English through the Fulbright program, Atkins plans to enroll in graduate school. She envisions a career as a foreign service officer or with an NGO. Atkins believes the Fulbright opportunity will provide a solid foundation for future success.

"It has an international component, and teaching English has always been something that I've been interested in," said Atkins. "I have always envisioned myself teaching English abroad. I plan to further my education in the future, and I know the Fulbright is a great stepping stone to do that – getting international experience leading to a master's in international studies."

Atkins believes that the Fulbright will provide her with entry level diplomatic experience.

"I'll be a representative of the United States, and that's something that I'm interested in doing in the future," said Atkins.

Throughout the Fulbright application process, Atkins received support from English Professor and National Fellowship Advisor Amber Shaw, along with Foreign Language Professor John Chaimov and Political Science Professor Kim Lanegran. Atkins says that all of the faculty she interacts with were supportive of her Fulbright application.

"I feel honored, excited and blessed by the opportunity to receive a Fulbright," said Atkins. "Coe really helped a lot with the process."

A graduate of Champlin Park High School, Anne is the daughter of Christopher Atkins and Terese Lambert-Atkins from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 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. More than 1,900 U.S. students, scholars, teachers, artists, scientists and professionals were offered Fulbright Program grants to teach English, conduct research and provide expertise in over 160 countries for the 2018-19 academic year.

Coe has established itself as a leading national producer of Fulbright scholars, with 23 in the past five years, and 32 awardees in the past decade. This builds upon the tradition of Coe students, alumni and faculty who have received Fulbrights since the program was established.

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.