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Vassar College numbers eighth nationally among liberal arts colleges for student recipients of 2010-11 Fulbright Fellowships.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Vassar College numbers eighth among national liberal arts colleges for student recipients of 2010-11 Fulbright Fellowships, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. . The complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2010-11 U.S. Fulbright Students is highlighted in the October 25 online edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education . 

“This is the sixth year that Vassar College is among the top ten of Fulbright student recipients in the country,” noted Lisa Kooperman, director of the Office of Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising. “Of the 39 students and alumnae/i whom we supported this year, eight received fellowships with one alumnus declining the award.” 

Two members of Vassar’s class of 2010 (Emily Antenucci and Nicole Weindling) and eight recent alumnae/i (Nathan Hall ’04Thomas G. Heuser '05Megan Lau '07Nora Lewin ’08Katie Paul ’07Kathleen “Tori” Marroquin Perkins ’08Joanna Tsai ’08Robert Voigt ’08) were awarded Fulbright Fellowships for research, graduate study, or English teaching assistantships abroad for 2010-11. 

Each year Vassar's Office of Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising supports approximately 40 students in their applications for Fulbright grants to research, study, or teach abroad. 

About the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Under this program, almost 1,700 American students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study have been offered grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in over 130 countries throughout the world beginning this fall. >Of the 1,700 Fulbrighters, 19% are at the Ph.D. degree level, 17% are at the Masters level, and 65% are at the Bachelor’s degree level.  Students receiving awards for this academic year applied through 600 colleges or universities. Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at: www.fulbrightonline.org/us

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, President of Ghana; Lee Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Riccardo Giacconi, Physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, Chairman and Founder, Bose Corporation; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Jen, Writer; and Daniel Libeskind, Architect.

Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education .

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit: http://fulbright.state.gov.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, October 29, 2010