Graduate students awarded Fulbright Grants

For the 13th consecutive year, the University of South Carolina will be represented abroad by Fulbright Scholars. Callison Coggins, an MAT student in foreign language education, and Sarah McClanahan, a 2014 graduate of the USC College of Education (M.Ed., higher education and student affairs), are among USC’s six Fulbright Program winners for 2014-2015. 

The Fulbright Program is a program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participants are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, and are awarded grants to study, teach, research, and collaborate on issues of shared international concern in over 155 countries.

Coggins is a 2010 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a major in German, and a current MAT student in Foreign Language Education. He graduated cum laude with stints on the Dean's and President's lists. He has taught four courses as a graduate student plus a part-time semester teaching German at a local middle school. His research interests include language learning through gaming and German dialects in Bavaria- where he spent his senior year through USC's Bamberg exchange.  Coggins will take part in USC's elementary teaching assistantship in Saxony-Anhalt this summer, and will spend his Fulbright year teaching English and taking courses in Lower Saxony, Germany.  He is excited to be a cultural ambassador by connecting language to cultural institutions like regional gastronomy, leisure activities, and entertainment. He also looks forward to finally driving on the autobahn, camping, and trying out a third language.


McClanahan is a 2011 graduate of Iowa State University, where she majored in Communication Studies with a minor in Music, and is a 2014 graduate of the USC College of Education with a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  She is the recipient of the Paul Montgomery MacMillan Memorial Fellowship, and a member of the Chi Sigma Alpha Student Affairs Honor Society.  While at USC, she served as Vice President of Chi Sigma Alpha, was a EMPOWER Diversity Graduate Mentor and EPI (English Programs for Internationals) Language Partner, served as a coordinator with the Buddies Beyond Borders program, was a U101 co-instructor, and worked as a graduate assistant in International Student Services.  McClanahan will spend her Fulbright year teaching English in Indonesia, and upon her return plans to focus her career in international education, with plans to pursue a PhD in International Education Policy.


Want to apply next year?

The campus nomination deadline for the 2015-2016 Fulbright competition is Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Visit the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs  for details.