Scranton Recognized Among Nation’s Top Producers of Fulbright Students

Nov 2, 2012

For the eighth consecutive year, The University of Scranton was recognized as one of the nation’s “Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students.” The University is among just 17 “Master’s Institutions” in the nation making the list for the 2012/2013 academic year published by The Chronicle of Higher Education Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.

The Chronicle’s listing, which includes some of the nation’s most prestigious universities, breaks the schools into four categories based on their designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The 108 universities recognized are listed as “Research Institutions,” “Master’s Institutions,” “Bachelor’s Institutions,” and “Specialized Institutions.” Scranton is one of just eight Jesuit universities to be cited. Other Jesuit universities listed are Boston College, Georgetown University, Seattle University, Gonzaga University, St. Joseph’s University, Fairfield University and The College of the Holy Cross. Only seven colleges in Pennsylvania were recognized.

A total of five University of Scranton graduates received Fulbright scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year. They are: Ellen (Maggie) Coyne ’12 of Stony Point, N.Y., who won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to South Korea; Kathleen Lavelle ’12 of Avoca, who won a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Spain; Nicole Linko ’12 of Mount Cobb, who was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Estonia; Anna DiColli ’10 from Broomall, who was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in Public Health to Spain; and C.J. Libassi ’10, a native of Dalton now residing in Washington, D.C., who won a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Spain. The Chronicle credits Scranton with four Fulbright scholars because Libassi applied “at large.”

According to Susan Trussler, Ph.D., The University of Scranton’s Fulbright adviser and associate professor of economics/finance, a total of 139 University of Scranton students have received grants in the competitions administered by the Institute of International Education since 1972.

“These are remarkable numbers for any master’s level or undergraduate school and we are grateful for the consistent recognition we have received from The Chronicle of Higher Education,” said Dr. Trussler who credits hard work and students for the University’s Fulbright success. “Our students have always been strong academically, but also in their commitment to community service and interaction with the local community, which makes them stand out.”



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