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Great Barrington Resident, Bard College at Simon’s Rock Senior Lizzie Meier Wins Fulbright Award


April 23, 2012

Contact: Karen Anderson

Contact: Lizzie Meier

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock senior Lizzie Meier is the recipient of an English Teaching Assistantship from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition. Meier, a Great Barrington resident, will spend the 2012-13 academic year teaching English in Germany.

“Lizzie is the sixth Simon’s Rock senior in three years to receive the highly competitive Fulbright Scholarship,” said Sue Lyon, associate dean of academic affairs. “Her win continues an exceptionally strong track record for such a small institution -- and adds to the many awards and honors Lizzie accumulated while enrolled at Simon’s Rock.”

Meier, a Berkshire native, attended Monument Mountain High School for three years before starting college early at Simon’s Rock. Growing up in the Berkshires fostered a sense of community in Meier that she plans to take with her, “I’ve been teaching swim lessons for about five years now and I was a lifeguard at Eden Hill/BCD Sports Day Camp for three summers, so I feel really entrenched in community life here,” she explained. “The connection I have to where I live is really a gift. When I go to Germany, I want to be as much a part of the community as I can.”

Meier began studying German during her first year at Simon’s Rock and spent her junior year studying abroad in Germany. The skills she acquired during her year in Germany and the teaching experience she gained giving swim lesson in the Berkshires and as a writing tutor at Simon’s Rock gave her the edge she needed to win the Fulbright.

During the intensive application process, Meier had to explain why she wanted to teach in Germany in a one page personal statement. “It’s difficult to fit all of the important parts of your life into a single page,” she said. “And then to prove I was proficient, I had to write it again in German.”

A Literary and German studies major, Meier plans to start a book club in Germany as a fun way to help her students improve their English and learn about American culture.

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The Fulbright—America’s flagship exchange program—fosters international research and collaboration, and funds scholars who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 270,000 participants with an opportunity to observe each other’s political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas, and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock ( has been a leader in educational innovation for more than 40 years. The first early college, Simon’s Rock is the only residential college in the country specifically designed to let bright, highly motivated students start college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree after four.