USKI Fulbright PR

The following is a press release that I have been requested to send out regarding my acceptance to the UK Summer Institute Fulbright program in Scotland. I am solely posting this to spread the word about the program. Please feel free to contact me with any questions if you are interested in applying. 

College of Charleston Honors College student Christopher Jackson receives a Prestigous place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to the UK

Christopher Jackson, a student from the Honors College at the College of Charleston has received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at the University of Dundee and the University of Strathclyde in Scotland on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programmes operating world-wide.

Created by treaty in 1948, the US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering awards and summer programmes for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK University. The Commission is part of the Fulbright programme conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer programme participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK.

As a participant, Christopher Jackson has been selected from a strong applicant pool to experience the UK on a 5-week summer programme. The program will take place in Scotland at the two previously mentioned universities. This year is the first year a program in Scotland has been offered; additionally, the program is themed around identity formation via politics, technology, and the media.

Christopher Jackson is a student at the Honors College at the College of Charleston, double majoring in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Japanese Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is involved in the International Scholars Program and William Aiken Fellows Society, two honors societies at the College. He currently teaches Spanish at school and will begin working as a REACH tutor in the fall, which works with students that have cognitive disabilities. While at home in Huntersville, NC, he still avidly teaches swim lessons at his life long swim club. He swam competitively for 11 years, and was co-captain of his varsity high school swim team. He enjoys photography, writing, travel, and foreign languages. He looks forward to further developing his knowledge of national and personal identity while in Scotland. He is also interested in gaining a deeper insight on UK culture, and how each nation within the UK maintains its unique culture. 

Commenting on receiving the place, Christopher Jackson said: Upon hearing the news that I had been selected as a recipient, I was shocked and simultaneously flattered. To be given such a rare and valuable opportunity reinforced my desire to give back; as excited as I am to grow my intellectual and personal development, I look forward to sharing my experience with friends and family upon return to the US. It will be very rewarding to see how my experience in Scotland will connect to my work and studies back home.

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

Fulbright Summer Programmes cover all participant costs. In addition, Fulbright summer participants receive a distinctive support and cultural education programme including: visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session and opportunity to join our alumni networks.

Each year, the Commission supports around 50 UK and US undergraduate students to undertake a demanding academic and cultural summer programmes at leading institutions in the US and UK respectively. Nearly 300,000 extraordinary women and men from all over the world have had their lives changed as participants in the global Fulbright Programme. Of these alumni, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and nearly 12,000 US nationals in the UK on our educational exchange programmes

Notable alumni of the US-UK Commission include: Malcolm Bradbury, novelist; Liam Byrne, politician; Milton Friedman, economist and Nobel Prize Winner 1976; Charles Kennedy, politician; John Lithgow, actor; Tarik O’Regan, composer; Sylvia Plath, poet;
Lord William Wallace, politician; Ian Rankin, novelist; Sir Christopher Rose QC, judge;
Baroness (Shirley) Williams, politician; Vanessa Heaney, journalist BBC World Service; and Toby Young, journalist and playwright.

The Commission is funded partially by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK and the US Department of State, with additional support coming from a variety of individual and institutional partners.

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