University of Scranton Named Among Nation’s Top Producers of Fulbright Students

Feb 22, 2017

The University of Scranton is among the nation’s top producers of U.S. Fulbright students according to a ranking published by The Chronicle of Higher Education on Feb. 21. Scranton, with five Fulbright Student scholars, is ranked joint sixth in the nation among “master’s institutions” named as  “Top Producers of Fulbright Scholars and Students 2016-17,” by The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and published by The Chronicle.

The Fulbright program, administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), is the U.S. government’s premier scholarship program for overseas graduate study, research and teaching.

The Chronicle’s listing, which includes some of the nation’s most prestigious universities – such as Harvard, Princeton, Penn and Yale – separates the schools recognized into four categories based on their designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. A total of only 105 universities in the nation are ranked separately as “research institutions,” “master’s institutions,” “bachelor’s institutions,” and “specialized-focused four-year institutions” based on the number of students receiving Fulbright awards. Scranton is one of six colleges in Pennsylvania and one of seven Jesuit universities to be included in the four lists. Other Jesuit universities recognized are Georgetown University, Boston College, Seattle University, Santa Clara University, Loyola Marymount and The College of the Holy Cross.

This is the 11th year Scranton has been recognized among the nation’s top producers of student Fulbright scholars.

“At Scranton, we are committed to provide our students with not only a quality education that will put them in good standing professionally, but one that will truly engage them within a global context. Our nationally recognized success with the Fulbright program, as seen through the achievement of our students, is a shining example of what we aim to accomplish,” said University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. “We are grateful for our talented students and the dedication of our faculty and our Fulbright adviser Dr. Susan Trussler who continue to make our aspirations a reality at Scranton.”

The University has enjoyed a long record of success with students earning prestigious Fulbright awards. Since 1972, a total of 155 University students have been awarded grants in the competition that includes Fulbrights, administered by the IIE.

Five Scranton students were awarded Fulbright merit-based scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year. The University’s student Fulbright recipients were: Sarah Fitch ’16, Candor, New York, English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia; Olivia Gillespie ’16, Woodbine, New Jersey, English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil; Ivan Simpson-Kent ’16, Philadelphia, Neuroscience Research Award to Germany; Veronica Sinotte ’16, North Wales, Biology Research Award to Denmark; and Aimee Miller ’12, G’17, Lancaster, Research Award in Public Health to China.

Susan Trussler, Ph.D., associate professor of economics/finance, serves as the University’s Fulbright advisor.

The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked The University of Scranton among the nation’s “Top Producers of Fulbright Scholars and Students 2016-17.” Five University of Scranton graduates earned Fulbright awards for the 2016-17 academic year. Pictured at Class Night exercises in May are, seated from left: Susan Trussler, Ph.D., Fulbright Program adviser; University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.; and Patricia Harrington, Ed.D., then acting provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Standing are Fulbright award recipients: Sarah Fitch, English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia; Ivan Simpson-Kent, Academic Award to Germany; Olivia Gillespie, English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil; Aimee Miller, Academic Award to China; and Veronica Sinotte, Academic Award to Denmark.

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