St. Edward's University Ranked as Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students in 2012
St. Edward’s University has been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Students for 2012-2013 by the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. St. Edward’s had six Fulbright Students receive the award in 2012, which tied the university in first place with Nazareth College, in Rochester, N.Y., and the University of Portland, in Portland, Ore., for most awards by a masters-granting institution.
A key component of the university’s strategic plan is to be a top liberal arts university by providing a learning environment that is academically challenging and rich with global experiences for students. Since 2004, St. Edward’s has helped 19 students obtain Fulbright Scholarships.
The Fulbright Program provides 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.
Caroline Morris, director of fellowships at St. Edward’s emphasizes that completing an application for such an award helps students reflect on their personal goals.
“When I work with a student on the application process, I ask them: ‘If you could do anything, what would it be?’ We then work together to help focus amd refine the application, so that it illustrates the student's goals for Fulbright experience."
The following students were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and are teaching in the countries below, or will begin in 2013:
- Amanda Bolton, Costa Rica (BA Education ’12)
- Morgen Brown, Germany (BA English Writing and Rhetoric ’11)
- Amarette Edmonson, Germany (BA Communication ’12)
- Elizabeth Narvaez, Israel (BA Religious and Theological Studies ’12)
- Collin Phillips, South Africa (BA Communication ’12)
- Marielle Septien, Spain (BA Global Studies ’12)
St. Edward’s University had 19 applicants for the upcoming 2013-2014 awards. Recipients of the scholarship awards will be announced in the spring of 2013. Once students reach the finalist stage, they have an approximately 50 percent chance of attaining a Fulbright award.