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Recent Birmingham-Southern College graduate earns prestigious Fulbright grant
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Lexi Sack, Class of 2011 Harrison Honors Scholar and a summa cum laude graduate of Birmingham-Southern, recently was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study abroad for a year.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program is the nation’s largest international exchange fellowship program, providing approximately 1,500 study grants and English teaching assistantships each year to college seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students. Some 8,000 applicants competed for these awards for the 2011-12 year. Scholars are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential.
Sack was selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Indonesia, where she will teach at the high school level. Beginning in August, she will spend at least 20 hours per week in the classroom teaching, and the rest of the time preparing her lessons and exploring the region.
Armed with a biology degree from BSC, Sack will be working at SMAN 2 Sumbawa Besar, which is a public high school in the city of Besar on the island of Sumbawa.
“I am interested in rural agriculture and hope to learn about the livestock on the island,” she expressed. “I enjoy traveling and international education and especially want to learn more about public health as it relates to humans and livestock.”
This is not her first time overseas. Sack traveled to Costa Rica during the college’s January Interim term, and also with BSC Associate Professor of Biology Megan Gibbons and BSC Visiting Professor of Biology Peter Van Zandt for research one summer. She’s also traveled to Mozambique, Africa, during Interim for a service-learning project, and to India last year as part of an honors program senior project.
“I have experience in tropical climates, which is why I wanted to go somewhere like Indonesia,” she said.
For now, Sack is spending her summer doing office work in her hometown of Goshen, Ky., while trying to learn Indonesian Bahasa, the country’s native language. She will attend the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine the following year.
Sack graduated from Birmingham-Southern May 14, along with her fraternal twin sister, Katie. They are the daughters of Rev. Susan Jinnett-Sack and Michael Sack.