Trinity is among the Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students

Four Recent Graduates were selected to study Abroad in 2012

HARTFORD, CT, November 20, 2012 – Four recent Trinity graduates won Fulbright awards for 2012-13, making the College one of the top producers in the category of bachelor’s degree-granting institutions. The four brings to 19 the number of winners from Trinity since 2006.

The rankings were published in a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

The 2012-13 winners from Trinity were Sophia Becker ’09, who is in Colombia; Jessica Cote ’12, who is in Chile; Eliot Fearey ’10, who is in Germany; and Danielle Padula ’12, who is in Panama. A fifth Trinity student was a finalist and will have an opportunity to reapply.

“To be named a top producing Fulbright school for the second time in four years really is a testament to Dean [Rena] Fraden’s belief in our Fulbright potential,” said Anne Lundberg, Director of Urban Programs and Fellowships and the Fulbright Program Adviser at Trinity. 

Fraden “recognized that Trinity students can and should be competitive for these prestigious awards. It seems now that applying for a Fulbright has become a visible and valued option for many seniors and recent graduates,” said Lundberg. “The number of applicants has grown steadily and faculty support for our candidates is always fantastic. The best part is that we can help such talented and ambitious students take advantage of amazing Fulbright opportunities worldwide.”

Trinity’s four recent graduates are among the 1,700 American students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study who were offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and/or conduct research in more than 140 countries throughout the world. Their assignments began in the fall.

Of the 1,700, 19 percent are studying at the Ph.D. level, 17 percent are at the master’s degree level and 65 percent are at the bachelor’s degree level. Students receiving awards for this academic year represent 600 colleges and universities. The lists of Fulbright recipients from past years, as well as the participating higher education institutions are available at: www.fulbrightonline.org/us.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has granted more than 318,000 participants -- chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential -- the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. In the past 66 years, more than 44,0000 students from the U.S. have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The primary source of funding is an annual appropriation made by Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the U.S. also provide direct and indirect support.

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, composed of 12 educational and public leaders appointed by the president, formulates policies for the administration of the Fulbright Program, establishes criteria for the selection of candidates, and approves those nominated for awards.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to American teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, about 4,000 new foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the U.S. annually to study for graduate degrees, conduct research and teach at U.S. colleges, universities and secondary schools.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, please visit: http://fulbright.state.gov.