College of Charleston sophomore Sarah Legendre is participating in a Fulbright Summer Institute, one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide. Legendre, an Honors College student and double major in geology and archaeology, will spend four weeks at Durham University in the UK.
“Through the Institute, I will participate in my first archaeological field school at the Roman town and fort of Binchester,” Legendre says. “This is something that I’ve looked forward to since I was 7 years old, and I’m excited that it involves the cultures of Ancient Rome and Ancient Britain.”
Growing up, the South Carolina native was actively involved in her community, and has continue that at the College of Charleston, where she is secretary for the Archaeology Club and a volunteer at Metanoia, tutoring elementary-aged children. Currently, Legendre is researching sediments from an archaeological site in South Carolina and analyzing Roman glass from a circus in Carthage with professors in the geology and Classics departments. The College of Charleston’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards helped Legendre with her application.
The US-UK Fulbright 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 Program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning. Fulbright Summer Programs cover all participant costs.
Legendre says, “This incredible opportunity will enable me to continue towards my goal of one day earning a doctorate in geoarchaeology and teaching at a university some day.”
The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university. The Commission is part of the Fulbright program 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 program participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK.
The College’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards works directly with students to identify relevant awards, navigate complex application processes, and revise application materials. Since the inception of the Office, the number of national award recipients has grown rapidly.