Union again a top producer of Fulbright students

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For the fourth time in five years, Union has been recognized among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright U.S. Students.


The distinction comes from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

Union produced five Fulbright Student award winners in 2019-20, ranking it among the best of similar institutions:

Antonia “Toni” Batha ’17 - Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (Timor-Leste)

Irving Cortes-Martinez ‘19 - Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (Malaysia)

Jennifer Nutter ’19 - Fulbright Student Research (Germany)

Mollie Pope ’19 - Fulbright Research (South Africa)

Gillian Singer ’19 - Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (Spain)

Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Fulbright competition is administered at Union through the office of National Fellowships and Scholarships. For more information, contact Director Lynn Evans.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 390,000 participants -chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to solutions to shared international concerns.

More than 2,200 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in over 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English and conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in some 140 countries throughout the world.

The program also awards grants to U.S. scholars, teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, roughly 4,000 new foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the U.S. annually to study for graduate degrees, conduct research and teach foreign languages.

“We are delighted to see that the colleges and universities we are honoring as 2019-2020 Fulbright top producing institutions reflect the geographic and institutional diversity of higher education in the United States,” said Marie Royce, assistant secretary of state for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “These Fulbrighters serve as citizen ambassadors for the United States in their host communities, and we will benefit from the skills, knowledge and global connections they build on their exchanges long after they return home.”