Rollins Named Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students for Fifth Time

For the fourth year in a row, Rollins College is one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright Students among master’s institutions.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2015–16 Fulbright U.S. Students and for the fourth consecutive year Rollins made the list.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Five Rollins students—Kaitlyn Alkass ’15, Kate Barnekow ’15, Gabriela Hochberg ’15, Megan Mascarenhas ’14, and Brenna McKee ’15—won Fulbright awards for 2015–16. A sixth student, Katia Chadaideh ’15, received a Fulbright Scholarship but did not participate in the program, choosing instead to enroll in a PhD program at Harvard University. Five additional students—Daniel Udell ’15, Kenther Ramos ’14, Tian Sang ’15, Michael Watson ’15, and Shelby McGuire ’15—were selected as alternates.

“We are proud of the success of our students and honored that Rollins is once again among the top producers of Fulbright Students in the U.S.,” says Rollins President Grant Cornwell. “Our graduates’ contributions as Fulbrights demonstrate the importance of our mission to educate students for global citizenship and responsible leadership.”

According to The Chronicle’s list, Rollins was tied for fifth among master’s institutions for the highest number of student recipients—more than any other university of its type in Florida. Since receiving its first Fulbright Award in 1951, Rollins has produced a total of 62 recipients (37 of whom have been named since 2006).

The Fulbright competition is administered at Rollins College through the Office of External and Competitive Scholarships under the direction of Jay Shivamoggi.

“The Fulbright Scholarship is very much in line with our own mission of educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership and that’s why our students are so successful,” Shivamoggi says. “Rollins students naturally believe in a global presence and they believe in being cultural ambassadors of the U.S. everywhere in the world, and the Fulbright Scholarship does exactly that.”

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More than 1,900 U.S. students, artists, and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 140 countries throughout the world. Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at fulbrightonline.org/us.

The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the United States 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.

In the U.S., the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on behalf of the Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. scholars, teachers, and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 new foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the U.S. each year to study for graduate degrees, conduct research and teach foreign languages. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.

Students interested in applying for the Fulbright program should contact Jayashree Shivamoggi at jshivamoggi@rollins.edu or 407-646-2346.