FSC Graduate Zoe Trout Receives Fulbright Award

May 23, 2017

by Staff

Among those graduates receiving their bachelors’ degrees at Florida Southern College’s commencement ceremony on May 6 will be the recipient of an internationally renowned Fulbright award, an ambitious young woman intent on making a positive difference in her year abroad.

Zoe Trout, a communication and advertising major from South Portland, Maine, is the recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award and will spend a year teaching English in Thailand. She is an honors graduate and a Hollingsworth Scholar.

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program provides grants for U.S. students to help teach English abroad while serving as cultural ambassadors. It is part of the highly esteemed Fulbright U.S. Student Program, administered under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State.

In her award-winning application essay, Ms. Trout, who previously spent a summer in Nepal teaching at an orphanage, focused on how American volunteers can make a positive difference in their overseas experiences.

“The ability to communicate with people different from yourself makes you a whole human being,” she said. “That’s why the Fulbright program is so important. Being in another country for a year, you can invest in its culture.”

President Anne Kerr said Ms. Trout will represent her alma mater well.

“Zoe is a bright, sensitive and mature young woman who exemplifies the best Florida Southern has to offer. We are very proud of her, and we are sure that her year as a Fulbright award-winner will prove invaluable for her and for the people she meets in Thailand,” she said.

Florida Southern has had two of its faculty members receive Fulbright Scholar fellowships, most recently Dr. Carmen Gauthier, professor of chemistry, who used her grant to travel to South America to conduct research on metal-organic compounds.