The George Washington University placed again among top producers of Fulbright scholars this year, the Chronicle of Higher Education announced Monday. Ten GW alumni and six faculty members received awards for the 2015-16 academic year.
“GW’s success as a top Fulbright producer is testimony to the quality of our students and the dedication of those who teach and work with them,” said Donna Scarboro, associate provost for international programs.
Student winners are teaching English and conducting research projects in nine different countries, including Vietnam, Bahrain and Turkey. Faculty projects include placements at Nankai University in China and at the Korean-American Educational Commission in South Korea.
The brainchild of GW alumnus and U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright, LLB ’34, the Fulbright Scholarship Program provides funding for study and research abroad in a range of disciplines. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
“Our Fulbright winners exemplify the desire, felt by so many on our campus, to forge stronger ties with the peoples of other nations,” said Paul Hoyt O’Connor, director of GW’s Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research. “That GW has been named as a top Fulbright producer recognizes the commitment of GW’s graduating seniors and recent graduates to fostering cross-cultural exchange. I am most pleased by their success. I am also grateful to the many members of the university community—faculty mentors, letter writers and language evaluators—who supported them.”