Creighton Named as Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students
The Fulbright Program has named Creighton University to its list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2009-2010 U. S. Fulbright Fellows. Creighton is one of only three Nebraska universities and a handful of Jesuit, Catholic higher education institutions to be recognized.
Creighton’s percentage of applicants actually awarded fellowships compared to the number of students applying places it among the top 10 in the country; only seven institutions had a higher percentage of applicants awarded.
Two 2008 Creighton graduates are studying and conducting research overseas this fall as Fulbright Fellows. Claire Climer, of Omaha, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Ecuador where she is helping adults with mid-level proficiency in English to develop skills in speaking, reading and writing. Sarah E. Harris Daley, O. T. D., is conducting research with Ukrainian children raised in institutionally run orphanages.
“Creighton’s success lies in the depth and breadth of our academic programs we provide within a rich and dynamic educational atmosphere. Our students’ success is a testament to our shared goal of academic excellence,” said Patrick J. Borchers, vice president for academic affairs.
Under the Fulbright program, 1,559 American students in more than 100 different fields of study, teach English, and conduct research in more than 125 countries throughout the world beginning this fall. More than 570 colleges and universities participated in this year’s program
Creighton’s Fulbright program is administered by Amy E. Wendling, Ph.D., assistant professor of Philosophy.
“We work closely with our students in the Jesuit spirit of cura personalis, carefully shepherding them through this process and making sure their academic and personal achievements are spotlighted appropriately,” said Wendling.
Information on these and other scholarship opportunities are available at http://www.creighton.edu/soar/welcome/index.php
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.