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Rollins College Named Top Producer of Fulbright Students

November 10, 2009

Rollins Number One of 81 Master’s Institutions in the Nation

Winter Park, Fla.—November 10, 2009—The Fulbright Program announced that Rollins is currently recognized as the top producing master’s institution in the nation (based on Carnegie Classification).  For 2009-10, four students from Rollins College received Fulbright Awards, ranking Rollins number one out of the 81 master’s institutions whose students received Fulbrights (there are a total of 663 master’s institutions in the country).  The success of the top-producing institutions was highlighted in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

"Rollins' mission of educating for global citizenship and responsible leadership explicitly complements the goals of the Fulbright Program,” said Rollins’ President Lewis M. Duncan.  “We are especially pleased that our students are highly successful in competing for such international awards.”

Rollins’ four most recent Fulbright recipients included three graduates of the Class of 2009:  Trevor O’Bryan and Kelly Rolfes-Haase, who are both currently teaching in Germany, and Kate Osterloh, who is pursuing graduate studies in Egypt.  Alumnus Chase VanSteenburg (Class of 2008), is spending his Fulbright year teaching in Spain.  Since receiving its first Fulbright Award in 1951, Rollins has produced a total of 34 Fulbright Scholars (nine of whom have been named since 2005). 

The Fulbright competition is administered at Rollins College through the Office of External and Competitive Scholarships under the direction of Jay Shivamoggi.  

“At Rollins, we have an engaged faculty who develop close and collaborative relationships with students and who work closely to guide them during the competitive scholarship application process,” said Shivamoggi.

Under this program, 1,559 American students in more than 100 different fields of study have been offered grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in over 125 countries throughout the world beginning this fall.   Of these Fulbrighters, 19 percent are at the doctoral degree level, 17 percent are at the master’s level, and 65 percent are at the bachelor’s degree level.  Students receiving awards for this academic year applied through 570 colleges or universities.  Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at: www.fulbrightonline.org/us.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program equips future American leaders with the skills they need to thrive in an increasingly global environment by providing funding for one academic year of study, research or assistant teaching abroad.  Fellows undertake self-designed programs in disciplines ranging from the social sciences, business, communication and performing arts to physical sciences, engineering and education. 

The Fulbright Program was launched in 1946 and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. 


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