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Gonzaga Ranks among Nation’s Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students

William Nalls, an honors student from Stevensville, Mont., graduated from Gonzaga in May (2012) and was selected to research a mathematical philosophy field called finitism in its birthplace, Munich, Germany. Photo by Rajah Bose.

William Nalls (’12), an honors student from Stevensville, Mont., was selected to research a mathematical philosophy field called finitism in its birthplace, Munich, Germany. Photo by Rajah Bose.

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2012-2013 U.S. Fulbright students. The success of Gonzaga University and all top-producing institutions is highlighted in the Oct. 24 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Three Gonzaga students won Fulbright awards for 2012-2013.

“Congratulations are in order for our Fulbright winners, their Fulbright faculty advisor, and professors across the campus who are providing an excellent global education to Gonzaga’s students,” said Gonzaga Academic Vice President Patricia O’Connell Killen. “Education in our time and for the future must be globally focused. The University is actively expanding opportunities for students to think globally in the classroom, through study abroad experiences, and through participation in programs like Fulbright.”

The Fulbright competition is administered at Gonzaga by Patsy Fowler, associate professor of English and chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Three recent Gonzaga graduates have begun their studies abroad as the University’s latest Fulbright Scholars. May graduates William Nalls and Ryan Bart along with Alex Maxwell (’08) are Gonzaga’s most recent winners of the prestigious academic scholarships; read story online.

Almost 1,700 American students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study were offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in more than 140 countries worldwide starting his fall.

Of the 1,700 Fulbrighters, 19 percent are at the Ph.D. 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 600 colleges or universities. Lists of Fulbright recipients are available online.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 318,000 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 66 years, more than 44,000 students from the United States have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U. S. Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, composed of 12 educational and public leaders appointed by the president of the United States, formulates policies for the administration of the Fulbright Program, establishes criteria for the selection of candidates and approves candidates nominated for awards.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the U.S. Student Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to American teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 new foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study for graduate degrees, conduct research and teach at U.S. universities, colleges and secondary schools.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://fulbright.state.gov.

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