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WKU second in list of top Fulbright producers
Bowling Green, KY - Western Kentucky University is tied for second in the list of top Fulbright-producing master's degree-granting institutions.
WKU had eight Fulbright grantees in 2016-17, making it the only public master's institution in the top three. WKU tied with Loyola Marymount University while Villanova University ranks first with 11 grantees. This is the fourth time and the third consecutive year WKU has been named a top Fulbright-producing institution as reported today (Feb. 21) in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
WKU was the only Kentucky school to make the master's degree institution list. The University of Louisville was the only other Kentucky school listed, tied for 11th among research institutions.
WKU's eight Fulbright grantees, all of whom are also graduates of the Honors College at WKU, are:
Melinda Grimsley-Smith, WKU's Fulbright Program Advisor, said, "We are of course thrilled to see WKU students win Fulbright grants, but as they send updates during their time abroad, we really begin to understand the transformative impact of a Fulbright experience. While they're earning degrees, doing important research and creative work, and contributing to students' English language proficiency abroad, they're explaining American culture and society to people in their host communities. And as they learn about their host culture, they're deepening their own understanding of American culture and society."
The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program, is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. The largest international exchange program in the United States, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program awarded about 1,800 grants annually to fund an academic year of study, research, or English teaching in one of about 140 countries worldwide last year. In each of the past two years, more than 10,000 graduating seniors and recent graduates applied nationwide. Grantees are selected on the basis of academic merit, leadership potential, and demonstrated ability to serve as cultural ambassadors for the United States while abroad.
About the Office of Scholar Development: The Office of Scholar Development is committed to helping WKU students in all majors and degree programs develop the vision, experience and skills to be independent, engaged scholars. OSD welcomes the opportunity to work with students interested in national or international scholarships.
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