Six Trinity graduates – from the Class of 2009 through 2013 – won Fulbright awards for 2013-14, making the College one of the top producers in the category of bachelor’s degree-granting institutions in the country. The six brings to 25 the number of Trinity grantees since 2007, and marks the third time in five years (2009, 2012 and 2013) that the College has been named a top-producing school.
In addition, Trinity had two alternates and a finalist this year. The finalist will have an opportunity to reapply next year.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.
The rankings were published in a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. The same issue also included a feature story on how the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has started efforts to help the 325,000 Fulbright alumni use their experiences to improve their job prospects.
The categories in which schools were ranked included bachelor’s colleges (liberal arts and general); master’s colleges and universities; doctoral/research universities; and specialized institutions.
“It is really gratifying that Trinity students and recent graduates are so successful in the fiercely competitive Fulbright arena,” said Anne Lundberg, Director of Urban Programs and Fellowships and the Fulbright Program Adviser at Trinity.
Underscoring the prestigious nature of the fellowship and its value to graduates as they strive to become citizens of the world, Lundberg noted, “We continue to promote the program as an outstanding post-graduate option, especially for many students who may have studied abroad or developed global expertise through academic work in international studies and foreign languages. The opportunity to represent the United States overseas as a Fulbright citizen-ambassador clearly resonates with Trinity students and inspires them to challenge themselves.”
Allison Windham ’13, a public policy and law major from Atherton, CA, became the sixth Trinity alum to be chosen this year when she found out in early June that she would be heading to Turkey to teach English at Ataturk University in Erzurum, a city of about 370,000 in the eastern part of the country.
Windham’s selection followed an earlier announcement that Elizabeth DeWolf ’10, Lisa Esposito ’09, Caitlin Gura ’13, Jahn Jaramillo ’12 and Peter Van Oot Jr. ’13, had been granted Fulbrights for 2013-2014.
DeWolf, who had been living and teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey, is using her Fulbright to conduct research in the United Kingdom and also attend the London School of Economics, where she is enrolled in a one-year master’s degree program in City Design and Social Science.
Esposito is teaching English in Italy.
A resident of Plantsville, CT, Gura was a French major with a double minor in German studies and studio art. During her time at Trinity, she had been an R.C. Knox Scholar and a Connecticut Scholar. She left in September for Vienna, Austria, where she is conducting research and teaching English at a Viennese high school.
A former Posse Scholar who was born in Colombia but grew up in New York City, Jaramillo is teaching in Thailand. At Trinity, he majored in human rights and minored in Hispanic studies. Prior to winning the Fulbright, Jaramillo had been living in New York City working as a case manager for an organization that assists patients with HIV/AIDS.
Van Oot, an economics major from Brattleboro, VT, is teaching high school students in Kendari, Indonesia, a city of approximately 300,000 residents in the province of South East Sulawesi.
The 2012-13 winners from Trinity were Sophia Becker ’09, who was stationed in Colombia; Jessica Cote ’12, who went to Chile; Eliot Fearey ’10, who spent her Fulbright year in Germany; and Danielle Padula ’12, who headed to Panama.
Trinity’s six 2013-2014 grantees are among the 1,800 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.
Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 by Congress to “enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”
To see the full list of the top-producing colleges and universities, please visit: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/top-producing-institutions
For general information about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, please visit: http://us.fulbrightonline.org