Alumna Abby Smith '16 Awarded Fulbright Grant
Submitted on April 2, 2018
Abigail (Abby) Smith, Class of 2016, is Georgetown College’s latest Fulbright Scholar, the 36th since 1989. She has been awarded an English Teaching Assistantship in Germany for the 2018-2019 school year.
“I’m incredibly excited for this chance and happy to represent Georgetown,” she wrote in a recent email. “This is an incredible opportunity and I am so thankful to the educators that I have had in my life that have helped me to learn and encouraged me to move beyond my comfort zone.”
Abby is now in her second year of teaching at Harrison County High School in Cynthiana. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Education in Georgetown College’s teacher education program as well.
“We’re doubly proud of Abby,” commented Rosemary Allen, Provost. “She was a star during her undergraduate years at Georgetown College and she also chose to do her graduate work at her alma mater. Abby will do a wonderful job representing the College and the nation as a recipient of a Fulbright grant.”
Abby’s undergraduate major was English with a minor in history. She also studied English abroad while at Regent’s Park College in Oxford, England through Georgetown College’s partnership with Oxford University.
“I found that I loved traveling,” explained Abby. “It’s a wonderful experience to get to live in another country and immerse yourself in a different culture.”
Abby’s desire for the pursuit of a Fulbright grant was piqued after her sister, Collin, received the honor in 2015. Collin also taught in Germany.
“I watched her experience with the program and hoped that one day I would be able to do the same,” Abby noted. “My time as a teacher only furthered my interest.”
Abby’s hometown is Bowling Green, Ky. She attended Greenwood High School there.
“As an educator, I understand the importance of education and the ways that people learn,” she declared. “I am looking forward to learning more about German culture and also being a resource for the students that I will be helping with English.”