Northwestern Receives Second Highest Number of Fulbright Awards


Northwestern school spirit isn't just on campus, it's all around the world. Thanks to the Fulbright awards, this year 28 students will be going abroad when they graduate.                


"Northwestern students have been remarkably consistent and remarkably good at the Fulbright,” application manager Stephen Hill says. “Northwestern prepares students in very appropriate ways for the Fulbright through giving language opportunities and cultural opportunities."


The 28 awards this year make Northwestern the second top producer of U.S. Fulbrights according to a ranking by the Chronicle of Higher Education.


This year's Fulbrights will be busy enrolling for a master’s degree at Cambridge, teaching English in Rwanda and studying trombone in the Netherlands.


Employees at the Office of Fellowships say they are competitive with other schools about their Fulbright scholars.


"Harvard recently ran an article bragging that they had two U.K. Fulbrighters, and I thought, ‘Well we had two U.K. Fulbrighters this year, and we had two U.K. Fulbrighters two years ago, so we're in very good company,” associate director Elizabeth Lewis says.


Northwestern has been in the top 10 for Fulbright recipients for the last six years. It holds the record number of Fulbrights ever received in one school with 32 awards in 2009-2010.


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