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

Top Producer of Fulbright ProgramOnce again, Coe College is receiving national recognition as one of the U.S. colleges and universities with the most Fulbright U.S. students. As the producer of 32 Fulbright students in the last eight years, Coe has been named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. students three of the last four years. Coe holds the highest percentage of applicants receiving awards among bachelor’s institutions in Iowa for 2020-2021. 


“We are delighted to receive national recognition as a leading Fulbright U.S. student institution again. The Coe community is beyond proud of our Fulbright winners. They exemplify Coe’s mission to engage in a diverse, interconnected world. It’s thrilling to see our students take a leap toward an enriching experience that will impact their lives and those they serve,” Interim President David Hayes ’93 said. 


Six Kohawks were awarded Fulbright teaching assignments for the 2020-2021 academic year:


  • Hannah Daley ’20 of Red Wing, Minnesota, is an international business, English and Asian studies alum. 
  • Leslie Ortiz ’20 of Houston, Texas, is a biology and neuroscience alum. 
  • Kaylee Skweres ’20 of Chicago, Illinois, is an African American studies, communication studies and secondary education alum.
  • Mary McCormick ’20 of Urbandale, Iowa, is a biology and neuroscience alum. 
  • Zeki Salah ’20 of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a philosophy and religion alum. 
  • Gretchen Oelrich ’19 of Mount Vernon, Iowa, is an international studies alum. 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. Coe applicants receive guidance through the rigorous application process from Henry and Margaret Haegg Associate Professor of English and National Fellowship Advisor Amber Shaw as well as other faculty members.


“I have the privilege of working alongside each Kohawk through the application process. These students join an exclusive network of accomplished individuals. Students emerge from their Fulbright experiences as even stronger leaders,” Dr. Shaw said.  


Since its inception in 1946, over 400,000 people have participated in the Fulbright Program. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists and teachers. They include 60 Nobel Laureates, 88 Pulitzer Prize winners, 75 MacArthur Fellows and thousands of leaders across the private, public and nonprofit sectors.



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.


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