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

For the fifth consecutive year, Rollins College is one of the leading producers of U.S. Fulbright Students among master’s institutions.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook)

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 2016–17 Fulbright U.S. Students and for the fifth 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.

Three Rollins students—Shelby McGuire ’15, Kenther Ramos ’14, and Cameron Mullins’16 —won Fulbright awards for 2016–17. McGuire is teaching English in South Africa, Mullins is teaching English in Colombia, and Ramos is conducting research in the United Kingdom.

“We are honored that Rollins was once again recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Students,” says Rollins President Grant Cornwell. “We are proud of our students’ continuing success in competing for prestigious international awards such as the Fulbright. The impact our graduates make as Fulbrights underscores our commitment to educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership.”

Kenther Ramos ’14 (Photo by Scott Cook) Kenther Ramos ’14 (Photo by Scott Cook)

Since receiving its first Fulbright Award in 1951, Rollins has produced a total of 65 recipients (40 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.”

Shelby McGuire ’15 (Photo by Scott Cook) Shelby McGuire ’15 (Photo by Scott Cook)

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 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 more than 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.

Cameron Mullins ’16 Cameron Mullins ’16

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.