Villanova University Recognized as a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students

Villanova, Pa. – The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2011-2012 U.S. Fulbright Students.  Villanova University was listed among the top producers of U.S. Fulbright Students for Master’s Institutions in 2011-12. The success of the top-producing institutions is highlighted in the Oct. 24 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Four students from Villanova University – Kathleen Devlin, Colleen Knill, Mary Kulhowvick and Tiffany Locke – won Fulbright awards for 2011-12. A fifth individual, Kelly Stoner '08, applied for and won a Fulbright research award as an “at-large” student. Below are the University’s 2011-12 Fulbright Students:

  • Kathleen Devlin (2011, B.A. Political Science) teaches English in Malaysia and hopes to take university classes in international relations while abroad.
  • Colleen Knill (2011, B.A. Education/English) teaches English to university students in South Africa and plans to develop a mentoring program between university students and underprivileged high school students.
  • Mary Kulhowvick (2011, B.A. Education/English) teaches English to high school students in Indonesia and hopes to learn about gender roles and cultural norms while working to empower disadvantaged women.
  • Tiffany Locke (2011 B.A. History/German) teaches English in Germany. Locke hopes to pursue graduate studies in museum studies or education after she completes her assistantship.
  • Kelly Stoner (2008) was awarded a Fulbright Grant to conduct research on African carnivore conservation in Botswana.  Upon graduation in ‘08, she served as an intern for the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia and later with the Jane Goodall Institute (Va.). Kelly also spent time as a coordinator for Conservation International (Va.).

“Such a wonderful accomplishment is testament to the excellence of Villanova University's academic and co-curricular programs and to the outstanding students who seek to extend their Villanova education by serving as representatives of the University and the United States abroad as U.S. Fulbright Students,” said Jane Morris, Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowship.

Villanova University has a long history of producing U.S. Fulbright Students, dating back to 1976 when Donna Collins received a Fulbright to Romania. Since that first year, the University has had a total of 46 Fulbright students, including 25 recipients since 2001.  In fact, Villanova has had one or more Fulbright students every year since 1994.

The Fulbright competition is administered at Villanova University through Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowship. Click here for more information.  

Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at: www.fulbrightonline.org/us

About Villanova University:  Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others.  There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.

About the Fulbright Program:  Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 310,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.  In the past 65 years, more than 44,000 students from the United States have benefited from the Fulbright experience. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the Department of State.

Almost 1,700 American students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study have been offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in over 140 countries throughout the world beginning this fall.   Of the 1,700 Fulbrighters, 19% are at the Ph.D. degree level, 17% are at the Master’s level, and 65% are at the Bachelor’s degree level.  Students receiving awards for this academic year applied through 600 colleges or universities. 

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to American teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas.  In addition, some 3,850 new foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the U.S. annually to study for graduate degrees, conduct research and teach at U.S. universities, colleges and secondary schools.