Villanova University Named Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students

Nine Villanova students won Fulbright awards for 2013-14; University is nation’s top producer of Fulbright students in the Master’s Institutions category 

Villanova Named Top Producer of US Fulbright Students

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University is the nation’s top producer of Fulbright students in the Master’s Institutions category, according to an announcement made by The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Nine Villanovans were awarded Fulbright awards for 2013-2014, maintaining the University’s record of having at least one student selected for the coveted scholarships each year since 1994. Villanova has also placed on the list of Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students among Masters Institutions every year since 2004 – a list highlighted annually by The Chronicle of Higher Education and this year in the October 28 edition.

“We are proud of all our Villanovans who have represented both the U.S. and our institution abroad as Fulbright grantees,” said Jane Morris, Director of the University’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. “We are particularly delighted that Villanova has been recognized for our ongoing commitment to international education and cultural exchange.”

The nine Villanova alumni who were selected as Fulbright recipients for 2013-2014 are Nicholas Bailes ’13 LAS, Michaela Gaziano ’13 LAS, Rachel Glogowski ’13 LAS, Michael Pflueger M.S. ’13 LAS, Amy Richards ’10 LAS, Andrea Zinn ’13 VSB, Michael McKenzie M.A. ’13 LAS, Shannon Welch ’13 LAS and Russell Quiñones’13 LAS. Each recipient plans to serve as an international cultural ambassador, continue research opportunities, or further their education through this international education exchange program.

The Fulbright competition is administered at Villanova through the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

Over 1,800 U.S. 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.  Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at: www.fulbrightonline.org/us.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 325,000 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 67 years, more than 44,000 students from the United States have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States 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 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.  The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, composed of 12 educational and public leaders appointed by the President of the United States, formulates policies for the administration of the Fulbright Program, establishes criteria for the selection of candidates, and approves candidates nominated for awards.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the U.S. Student Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships. The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. 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 at U.S. universities, colleges and secondary schools.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

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.