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2015-02-12 09:38:32 - General
For the second time in three years, Coe College has been named a top producer of U.S. Fulbright scholars when compared with colleges across the country. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-15 Fulbright awardees. This year, Coe is tied for 29th nationally for the number of recent alumni who received Fulbrights among bachelor's institutions. The top-producing institutions are highlighted in the Feb. 12 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Coe has established itself as a leading national producer of Fulbright scholars, with 12 awardees in the past three years alone. This continues a rich tradition of Coe students, alumni and faculty who have received Fulbrights over the years.
"Once again, the Coe community is pleased to receive national recognition for the college's large number of Fulbright recipients," said Coe President David McInally. "The hard work and dedication of our bright scholars to earn these Fulbright grants results in life-changing experiences for each award winner. We are exceedingly proud of these recent Coe alumni, and we congratulate them for their achievements."
Four graduating Coe seniors and a recent alumna received prestigious Fulbright awards for the 2014-15 academic year. The five recipients tie a previous record set in 2012 of Coe students and recent alumni who have received Fulbrights in a given year.
Coe graduates Megan Sioned Curoe '14 of Bernard, Iowa, Hilary Gehin '12 and Sandra Krueger '14 both of Madison, Wisconsin, and Max Stanford '14 of Superior, Colorado, were awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grants. Krueger and Stanford are teaching in Malaysia during the 2014-15 academic year. Meantime, Curoe is in Thailand, while Gehin is living in Turkey, both with Fulbright teaching assignments during the current school year.
In addition, Heidi Heaton '14 received a special scholarship to France through the Fulbright program, but had to decline the opportunity.
Curoe majored in Asian studies and creative writing at Coe, while Gehin studied biology. Krueger graduated with an interdisciplinary degree in social development, and Stanford majored in elementary education. Heaton majored in French with a minor in secondary education while a student at Coe.
All of the Coe award recipients received guidance from Professor Ann Struthers, who serves as the college's Fulbright Program advisor, as well as other faculty members.
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants, chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 140 countries throughout the world.
Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.