Catherine Tabor, from Centerville, Alabama, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to Austria.
Ms. Tabor, a senior in the Honors College majoring in English literature and German, with minors in community and civic engagement, in addition to psychology will spend the next academic year in Vienna, Austria as a Fulbright Scholar.
While in Vienna, Ms. Tabor will spend her time as an English teaching assistant at a local middle school as well as pursuing graduate course work in sociology at The University of Vienna. As part of her unique Fulbright experience, Ms. Tabor will also work with Caritas Catholic Charity assisting children and youth who suffer from seen and unseen disabilities. Born with a physical disability, Ms. Tabor’s personal experiences have developed into a passion for the welfare of disabled people, especially children.
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“People with disabilities are not often given enough credit for what they can achieve. However, I know they are capable of more; all they need is love, encouragement, opportunity, and perspective. My experiences and compassion have made me a resilient and persistent person, who can adapt, value new experiences, be vulnerable enough to make mistakes and learn from them, and see things from varying perspectives. These traits will help me make the world a better place for people struggling with mental and physical challenges, which I strive to do as part of my Fulbright experience.”
Outside of her work, teaching, and classroom obligations, Ms. Tabor has been extended an invitation to sing with a community-based choir in Vienna – the Brunnenchor.
Among her many activities and awards Ms. Tabor is a volunteer with Lee County (AL) Autism Resource & Advocacy, an Honors Freshman Exploration Peer Instructor, an associate justice on the SGA Judicial Board, the publicity chair for Honors Congress, a certified facilitator of Sustained Dialogue, a 2015 Gilman Scholar, and a coxswain for Auburn Rowing.
When she returns from abroad, Catherine will enroll in law school.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.