Russellville native, Sarah Fox, has received a Fulbright Postgraduate Award to enable her to study at The University of Birmingham, UK on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programs operating world-wide.
As a participant, Sarah Fox has been selected from a strong applicant pool to study for a Master’s in Music: Choral Conducting at the University of Birmingham. Fox will study with Conductor Simon Halsey, who serves as the Choral Director for the London Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir. Alongside conducting lessons, Fox will undertake chorus master duties for the Birmingham University Singers and University Chorus. She will also research ways in which music can be used to open pathways for educational and social development in children and youth in low-income communities.
Commenting on receiving the award, Fox said: “What makes Fulbright so special is the Commission’s belief in the inherent potential and goodness of people. Fulbright understands that collaboration is an invaluable tool for creating positive change. I am so excited to make music, pursue research, and participate in challenging conversations with people from across the globe. Ultimately, I believe that the upcoming opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration, more than any single class, will prepare me to analyze problems and find creative solutions through music—an evolving goal I plan to pursue for the rest of my life.”
Fox is a 2015 graduate of the Honors College at Western Kentucky University, where she graduated as the Ogden Scholar with degrees in music (organ performance) and history. She graduated from Russellville High School in 2011.
Penny Egan, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “I know our 2015 cohort will do us great credit during their time in the UK and beyond. Only exceptional scholars and students win Fulbright awards: one of the world’s most competitive merit-based international scholarships.”
Amy Moore, Director of the Fulbright Awards Programme, added: “It’s very rewarding seeing a group of talented, inspirational and very deserving individuals, embark on a life changing trip to the UK. This year’s cohort are no exception, and have been carefully selected for their impressive accomplishments, academic excellence, and a genuine desire to delve into UK culture and collaborate with new people and experience new ideas.”
The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering awards 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.
The Commission selects scholars 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.
Typical grants include a maintenance allowance and a contribution towards tuition fees where applicable. In addition, Fulbright scholars receive a distinctive support and cultural education program including: visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session and opportunity to join our alumni networks.