Bradley ranks 6th nationally for students earning Fulbright awards

October 30, 2013

Three Bradley students won Fulbright awards for 2013-14, ranking Bradley sixth nationally among universities of its type for producing Fulbright students.

The U.S. Department of State recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities producing the most 2013-2014 Fulbright students in the United States. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The success of the top-producing institutions is highlighted in this week’s edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Bradley President Joanne Glasser, says experiential learning is a major attribute of the Bradley experience. "The Fulbright program provides an excellent opportunity for Bradley students and is consistent with our emphasis on experiential learning.  The student-scholars chosen for these competitive awards must demonstrate high academic achievement and leadership potential. We are proud of the recognition we have received by the Fulbright program."

Professor Tim Conley, chair of Bradley’s Fulbright Committee, says Bradley’s Fulbright award winners are exemplary representatives of the University. “These are excellent students and very conscientious writers with a clear vision of the importance of international experience.”  Looking to the future Conley says, “We must, as an academic community, focus on the significance of international experience, and encourage our best students to include the Fulbright program in their educational plans during their Bradley years.”

The Fulbright Committee is comprised of members from various departments and colleges across campus. The Bradley Fulbright Program campus adviser is Professor Christine Blouch, Director of International Programs.

In addition to the students earning Fulbright Scholarships, 10 current Bradley faculty members have been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship during their careers.  Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 325,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The primary source of funding is an annual appropriation made by the United States Congress to the Department of State.



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