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Penn State Among Top Producers Of Fulbright Scholars

Penn State was named one of the top producers of Fulbright scholars for 2014-15 according to the U.S. Department of State. 13 University Park students received the award, granting them the opportunity to study, teach English, and conduct research in one of 140 participating countries around the world. This years number of recipients is up two from the 11 winners in 2013-14.

This is the third consecutive year that Penn State has made the list, placing it among other top research institutions in the nation, as listed in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program that selects students exemplifying academic excellence as well as leadership potential.

The 2014-15 winners from Penn State are Shayne Bement, Laura Dzwonczyk, Courtney Fowler, Leah Gillen, Winston Hamel, Marcy Herr, Sophie Huddart, Rachel Passmore, Trista Rappert-McGetrick, Kaylee Roupas, Emily Sabo, Jason Smith, and Emily Zavodny. The 13 participants have been documenting their journeys throughout the nine-month program as they work to to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and citizens of other countries through the program.

“These Fulbright winners are a testimony to the academic and extracurricular achievements of the students here at Penn State. The recipients will not only pursue opportunities to further their education or experiences, but will serve as ambassadors of the United States to their host country,” said Ruth Mendum, director of Penn State’s University Fellowships Office.

The University Fellowship Office, a department under the Office of Undergraduate Education, administers the Fulbright competition to University Park students. The fellowship office is located in 212 Boucke and serves as a resource for undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni seeking information and guidance regarding scholarships and fellowships provided by sources other than Penn State.

The Fulbright Program, started in 1946, offers more than 1,800 United States students, artists, and young professionals the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns annually. Additionally, 4,000 students from around the world come to the United States as part of the program every year.

“I hope this success encourages more of our students to pursue this opportunity in the future,” Mendum added.

Photo: Emily Sabo

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