Annika Tice, member of the Chatham Hall class of 2015 and current senior at Virginia Military Institute, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English in the Ivory Coast.
Tice joins a number of Chatham Hall graduates who have made meaningful contributions to communities around the world through the Fulbright Program and is the first VMI cadet to receive the prestigious award since 2001.
Named for the late Sen. J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright program is designed to foster international exchange and cooperation. Over 1,900 Fulbright awards are made to undergraduate students each year, and more than 380,000 awards have been made over the program’s more than 70-year history.
Speaking with a representative at VMI, Tice shared the formative impact of her experience at Chatham Hall, saying, “The opportunities afforded there were limitless.” During her time at Chatham Hall, Tice discovered a passion for education thanks to the caring faculty members and mentors she found in both the classroom and through athletics. She also credits Leaders in Residence like Gloria Steinem and Venus Williams with inspiring her to seek out challenges in her life well beyond her time at Chatham Hall.
This passion for education grew as Tice advanced on to VMI, where she volunteered at Maury River Middle School, mentoring girls in their transition from middle to high school. She also worked with Maj. Abbey Carrico, assistant professor of modern languages and cultures at VMI, to teach French to young children in the Lexington area. Those steps led to an even bigger challenge, as she teamed with Hodde to create the Girls Leadership Exchange, a camp for rising 7th through 9th-grade girls held on the VMI post in June 2018. In addition to her outstanding work, Tice was also elected as the institute’s first female representative to be elected to VMI’s Honor Court.
Tice will begin teaching in the Ivory Coast this July after graduating from Virginia Military Institute.
An all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives. Our innovative academic program offers Advanced Placement courses, global study and travel, as well as project based learning. Our athletic teams regularly compete at the State level and our exceptional riding program is nationally recognized. We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust. Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.