Gettysburg College among top producers of Fulbright grant recipients

For the second consecutive year, Gettysburg College has been named a top producer of students who receive grants from the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.

Five Gettysburg College students earned Fulbright awards for 2011-12: Sara Cawley '11, Denmark; Gracie Raver '11, Thailand; Michael Hannum '11, Venezuela; Anskar Fosse '11, Korea; Calynn Dowler '10, United Kingdom.

Read more about the students and their projects.

"Gettysburg students are more and more successful even as the competition for grants keeps ratcheting up every year," said Assistant Provost Maureen Forrestal, who mentors students over their four years in college as they seek fellowships, scholarships, and grants.

One important factor in Gettysburg's success is the College's strong emphasis on student-faculty research collaboration.

Also vital are the many study-abroad opportunities available to Gettysburg students. "The strongest applicants have studied outside the United States, and our Office of Off-Campus Studies makes sure they have a substantive experience," Forrestal said.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published the list of top producers Oct. 23, following the release of the list by the Fulbright Program.

Almost 1,700 American students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study have been offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in over 140 countries throughout the world beginning this fall. Students receiving awards for this academic year applied through 600 colleges or universities.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 310,000 participants-chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. In the past 65 years, more than 44,000 students from the United States have benefited from the Fulbright experience. For more information, visit http://fulbright.state.gov.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college, which enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students, is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Jim Hale, associate director of editorial services

Posted: Mon, 14 Nov 2011

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