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Kathryn Bathgate '15 selected as Fulbright Scholar

Kathryn Bathgate '15 selected as Fulbright Scholar

Kathryn Bathgate '15

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Lycoming College senior Kathryn Bathgate has been selected as one of 140 U.S. Fulbright Scholars in Germany for the prestigious opportunity to serve as an ambassador for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Germany.

“I’m honored to have been chosen to serve as a Fulbright Scholar and look forward to immersing myself in the German culture,” Bathgate said. “I’m excited to shatter their stereotypes of America and educate them on our culture.”

Bathgate will be one of only 140 students selected from across the United States this year to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Her inspiration to apply to the program came from Len Cagle, associate professor of German, and the language assistants at Lycoming College.

“I can still remember discussing the program with Dr. Cagle on a trip to Berlin as a first-year student,” Bathgate said. “Then I went on to spend my junior year in Germany and when I came back, I knew I wanted to apply.”

Bathgate is from Hanover, Pennsylvania and is majoring in German, with minors in English literature and business. She will be teaching English in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany this summer through the summer of 2016.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States. Bathgate will represent the country as a cultural ambassador while she is overseas, helping to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people in Germany. Bathgate will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences and interacting with them hosts on a one-to-one basis.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright U.S. Student alumni populate a range of professions and include ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors, and teachers.