Scovel Earns Fulbright Scholarship

Scovel Earns Fulbright Scholarship
WASHINGTONShannon Scovel, a graduating senior on the American University Swimming and Diving Team, has been selected to receive a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to study for a year in the United Kingdom.
The scholarship allows top graduates in the United States to represent America in cultural and education exchange at universities around the world. The Fulbright program has been available since 1948.
 
Her plan is to attend the University of Stirling in Scotland and pursue a master's degree in gender studies.
 
"We could not be more thrilled for Shannon," said AU swimming and diving head coach Mark Davin. "She is so deserving of this Fulbright scholarship, as it acknowledges her high level of accomplishment in the classroom, the pool and in her extracurricular activities. That Shannon has achieved such a high level of success in each of these areas is a true testament to her hard work, time management and incredible support from her family."
 
Scovel is a distance freestyler from Cary, N.C. She competed for four seasons and has been selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll three times, with a potential fourth being announced later this spring.
 
Carrying a 3.98 cumulative GPA while working toward a bachelor's degree in journalism, Scovel was sports editor and editor-in-chief of The Eagle, the campus student newspaper. She also served as an intern at Sports Illustrated.
 
"Competing as an American University student-athlete has been one of the highlights of my college career, and I'm hoping to continue to compete as a student-athlete at the University of Stirling for their triathlon team," said Scovel. "I could not be more proud to represent AU and American University Swimming as a Fulbright Scholar this fall."
 
Davin noted that Scovel's ability to serve as an ambassador for the Eagles' swimming and diving program has prepared her for the same role as a Fulbright Scholar.
 
"Shannon's unparalleled passion for being totally positive with each person she knows at all times, while a wonder to watch, has permeated the relationships of everyone that gets to know her," her coach said. "We're incredibly proud of Shannon, and look forward to seeing what wonderful things she achieves in the future."

Scovel completed a capstone on women in sports media and will build on that project while in the U.K. She said her thesis will assess the representation of women in sports media during the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics, comparing how the coverage of women has changed over the past 12 years.

Scovel noted the support she got from a number of AU faculty and staff, including Coach Davin.

"I also would not be a Fulbright finalist without the constant support from Mark Davin," she said. "Mark always encouraged me to pursue my academic passions, and he was also willing to work with me to make sure that my swimming commitments did not prevent me from becoming involved with the journalism community on campus or other academic organizations.

"Mark's guidance and encouragement has allowed me to develop into a student-athlete who takes pride in both parts of that term."