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Creighton University Recognized as Top Producer Of U.S. Fulbright Students

Creighton University Recognized as Top Producer Of U.S. Fulbright Students

Creighton University was included on the Fulbright Program's list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2007-2008 U.S. Fulbright Fellows. The success of the top producing institutions was highlighted in the October 26 print edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Two students from Creighton University won Fulbright awards for 2007-2008. Both Melissa Olson, of Blair, Neb. and Catherine Homan, St. Louis, Mo., graduated with honors from Creighton and are conducting research in Germany.

Olson, who majored in German and English, is studying with Dr. Walter Grünzweig, a leading scholar in Whitman Studies, at the University of Dortmund. Homan majored in German and Philosophy and is working with Dr. Günter Figal, a member of the philosophy faculty at the University of Freiburg and a leading expert on philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer.

Creighton University is one of two institutions in Nebraska to be recognized by the Fulbright program. Nebraska Wesleyan was also included on the list.

Under this program, almost 1,500 American students in more than 100 different fields of study have been offered grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in over 125 countries throughout the world beginning this fall.

Of the 1,500 Fulbrighters, 19% are at the Ph.D. degree level, 17% are at the Master’s level, and 65% are at the Bachelor’s degree level. Students receiving awards for this academic year applied through 570 colleges or universities. Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at: www.fulbrightonline.org/us.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program equips future American leaders with the skills they need to thrive in an increasingly global environment by providing funding for one academic year of study, research or assistant teaching abroad. Fellows undertake self-designed programs in disciplines ranging from the social sciences, business, communication and performing arts to physical sciences, engineering and education.

 

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 290,000 participants worldwide with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants. In the past 61 years, almost 42,000 students from the United States have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Financial support is provided by an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State, with significant contributions from participating governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad. The Presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board formulates policy guidelines and makes the final selection of all grantees.

Under this program, almost 1,500 American students in more than 100 different fields of study have been offered grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in over 125 countries throughout the world beginning this fall. Of the 1,500 Fulbrighters, 19% are at the Ph.D. degree level, 17% are at the Master’s level, and 65% are at the Bachelor’s degree level.

Students receiving awards for this academic year applied through 570 colleges or universities. Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at: www.fulbrightonline.org/us.