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Coe College again named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. students

2018-02-19 18:16:06 - Feature

Coe College again named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. students

Coe College is among the elite as a top producer of Fulbright U.S. students, with 20 in the last five years.

For the 2017-18 academic year, Coe is ranked 17th in the nation for the number of students and recent alumni who received Fulbrights. This is the third time in six years that Coe has been ranked a top producer by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. It is prestigious and highly selective.

Coe has established itself as a leading national producer of Fulbright students with 28 awardees in the past decade. This builds upon the tradition of Coe students, alumni and faculty who have received Fulbrights since the program was established.

"Once again this year, the Coe community is pleased to receive national recognition for the college's large number of Fulbright recipients," Coe President David McInally said. "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."

Last spring, six graduating Coe seniors and a recent alumna received prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2017-18 academic year. The seven awardees represent a new record number of Coe students and recent alumni who have received Fulbrights in a given year. Each was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant:

  • Justine Arcand '17: An Asian Studies and film studies major with a minor in creative writing, she is teaching in South Korea.
  • Allison Bailey '17: A political science major with minors in French and theatre arts, she is teaching in Bulgaria.
  • Andrew Koehler '17: A chemistry and physics major with a minor in mathematics, he is teaching in Sri Lanka.
  • Gibson Odderstol '17: A political science and religion major, he is teaching in Malaysia.
  • Leeann Oelrich '16: An English and Spanish major, she is teaching in South Korea.
  • Thomas Petrino '17: A political science major with a minor in creative writing, he is teaching in Bulgaria.
  • Hannah Wiles '17: A major in communication studies with a minor in Asian studies and creative writing, she is teaching in Thailand.

"I applied for a Fulbright because I think that language learning presents a unique opportunity for cross-cultural understanding," Oelrich said. "At the Catherine McAuley Center, I’ve witnessed the ways that language learning can serve as a vehicle to build community and friendship between people of completely different backgrounds."

"I've always loved the English language, so helping others learn how to write, listen and communicate more effectively is something I've always been fascinated by," Petrino said.

All of Coe's recent Fulbright recipients received individualized guidance from Professor Amber Shaw, who serves as the college's national fellowship advisor, as well as other faculty members.

"It has been a privilege to work with these academically talented students who have a passion for civic engagement and service to others," Shaw said. "As cultural ambassadors for the Fulbright Program, Coe's awardees are exemplifying the college's mission by leading productive and satisfying lives across the globe."

Personalized academic support and attention are among the many reasons top-achieving students thrive at Coe. Coe continues to outperform colleges and universities across the country when it comes to producing Fulbright students. This is one of the many reasons Coe is ranked in the top 20 percent of all colleges and universities nationwide.