Rollins College Named a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students

For the fourth time in six years, 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 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Students. 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.

Eight students from Rollins College won Fulbright awards for 2014-15. According to The Chronicle’s list, Rollins produced the second highest number of student recipients based on institution type—more than any other university in Florida. Since receiving its first Fulbright Award in 1951, Rollins has produced a total of 57 recipients (32 of whom have been named since 2006).

“We’re delighted that Rollins has once again been identified as a top producer of Fulbright Students,” said Rollins’ Acting President Craig McAllaster. “It is a point of pride that our students have been successful in competing for such prestigious international awards, and it is a testament to the quality of a Rollins education.”

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

“Rollins mission of global citizenship and responsible leadership definitely makes our students naturally qualified applicants,” Shivamoggi said. “In addition, our faculty develop close and collaborative relationships with students who work closely to guide them during the competitive scholarship application process.”

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. Over 1,800 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: www.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 United States also provide direct and indirect support.

In the United States, 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 United States annually to study for graduate degrees, conduct research, and teach foreign languages.

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