The University of Mary Washington has been named one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright students, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Last spring, four UMW students and alumni were selected to travel, teach and explore new cultures thanks to prestigious Fulbright grants. The awards highlight the best results in the University’s history of student Fulbright awards, bringing the total to 17 scholarships since 2006.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.
“All grantees participated in UMW study abroad programs and worked one on one with faculty,” said Nabil Al-Tikriti, associate professor of history and co-advisor for the Fulbright program at UMW. “The resulting grants illustrate UMW’s rounded approach to the liberal arts, with recipients representing a variety of majors and disciplines.”
Dianne Baker, associate professor of biological sciences, also is a co-advisor for UMW’s Fulbright program.
Currently three alums are teaching throughout the world: Anna Boland ’16 in Niedersachsen, Germany; Lauren Bortfeld ’15, in Argentina; and Lisa Johnson ’15 is teaching English in La Rioja, Spain. Luci Coleman ’16 is conducting research in Cape Town, South Africa, at the University of the Western Cape.