Listing Ranks Scranton Among Nation’s Top Producers of Fulbright Students


The University of Scranton has placed second among “Master’s Institutions” in the nation for producing Fulbright scholarships for students in 2011/2012, according to a ranking published by The Chronicle of Higher Education online on Oct. 23, 2011.

This is the seventh consecutive year Scranton has made this elite ranking of just 93 colleges recognized as the nation’s “Top Producers of Fulbright Students” and the third consecutive year that Scranton placed second in its category. Scranton is one of just six Jesuit universities to be cited. Other Jesuit universities listed are Boston College, Georgetown University, Fordham University, Creighton University and The College of the Holy Cross. The six colleges in Pennsylvania recognized are The University of Scranton, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh, Villanova University, Bryn Mawr College and Swarthmore College.

Universities listed are broken into four categories based on their school type as designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University of Scranton is second among 20 “master’s level” institutions recognized.

Six University of Scranton graduates received Fulbright scholarships for the 2011/2012 academic year.

Scranton’s 2011/2012 Fulbright scholars are Rebecca Bartley, Jamesburg, N.J., Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia; Melissa C. Beltz, Eagleville, Fulbright/Pädagogischer Austauschdienst English Teaching Assistantship to Germany; Kaitlyn L. Doremus, Tobyhanna, Fulbright/Pädagogischer Austauschdienst English Teaching Assistantship to Germany; Philip J. Kachmar, Kingston, Fulbright Scholarship to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada; Aileen M. Monks, Bellmore, N.Y., Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistantship to India; and Gian Peter Vergnetti, Brooklyn, N.Y., Fulbright scholarship to the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

“The University of Scranton has a long history of success in garnering prestigious Fulbright scholarships, which is the U.S. government’s premier scholarship for overseas graduate study, research and teaching,” said Susan Trussler, Ph.D., Scranton’s Fulbright advisor and associate professor of economics/finance. According to Dr. Trussler, a total of 134 University of Scranton students have received grants in the competitions administered by the Institute of International Education since 1972.

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