Kennesaw State senior named Fulbright Scholar, heads to teaching in Spain

KENNESAW, Georgia (April 15, 2022) – Sydney Tomlin, a senior at Kennesaw State University, has won a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to teach English to students in a Model United Nations program in Spain starting in September. Tomlin said she took her first Spanish class in eighth grade and has been passionate about the language ever since.

Tomlin, who served as the President’s Emerging Global Scholar (PEGS) at KSU Journey Honors College while in college, recently received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award and will pass the next academic year with secondary school students with Madrid’s Global Classrooms (Model UN) program. The Fulbright Scholarship is an award that recognizes the importance of building bridges between cultures. According to the Fulbright committee, Tomlin is one of 30 scholarship recipients out of 2,000 English teaching assistants in Madrid.

Tomlin’s ability to accomplish as much as she did in her college career and receive a Fulbright scholarship before graduation exemplifies the discipline and drive of KSU students, said Catherine Kaukinen, Dean of the Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“Being able to boast of the success of hard-working students like Sydney is one of the prides of a higher education leader’s job,” Kaukinen said. “We look forward to seeing Sydney continue to excel during this unique experience and as an alumnus.”

Michelle Miles, Director of Domestic and International Scholarships and Fellowships at KSU, called Tomlin a deeply valued member of the KSU Journey Honors College who has energized students and faculty.


“Sydney has, first and foremost, a true vocation for language teaching,” said Miles. “She is committed to the fundamental link between communication and culture, and she recognizes the importance of immersing oneself in both. Sydney is a natural and intuitive ambassador. Her passion for learning from others and sharing her own experiences and ideas in turn immediately puts others in her business at ease.

During her time at Kennesaw State, Tomlin said her experiences at Honors College, PEGS, and developing relationships with her professors and college leaders provided her with opportunity, wisdom, support, and encouragement. to pursue his dreams.

“KSU is quite a large institution, but with the faculty we have access to, we as students are certainly fortunate to receive a personalized educational experience,” she said.

Tomlin is completing his teaching experience at Kell High School, before graduating from KSU on May 12.

Shortly after graduating, Tomlin will be the primary Spanish teacher for Horizons Atlanta’s summer program at KSU as she prepares to move to Spain in September.

In partnership with more than 140 countries, the Fulbright US Student Program provides opportunities in all academic disciplines for college graduates, graduate students, and young professionals from all walks of life. Program participants pursue higher education, conduct research or teach English abroad.

More than 2,200 American students and 900 American college and university professors and administrators receive Fulbright awards each year, according to the organization.

– By Thomas Hartwell
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