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Villanova University Student Receives Prestigious Place on Fulbright Summer Institute to the University of Bristol

Corinne Gillenwater

VILLANOVA, Pa.—Villanova University student Corinne Gillenwater has received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at the University of Bristol on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programmes operating world-wide. Gillenwater, a sophomore in Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was selected by the US-UK Fulbright Commission to experience the UK on a four-week summer programme. A native of Pembroke, Mass., she will be studying racial justice and slavery, colonialism and independence, global feminisms, migration and refugees, environmental stability, and health and well-being at the University of Bristol.

Gillenwater’s programme will include seminars on arts and activism across geographic and historical locations and seminars on Bristol’s role in transatlantic enslavement. It also includes workshops with artists, entrepreneurs, and activists from the arts and voluntary sectors of Bristol. The Summer Institutes form part of the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s work to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.

“I am both elated and humbled by the Fulbright Commission’s nomination and the University of Bristol’s confirmation,” Corinne Gillenwater said. “I look forward to wholly participating and sharing my experience gained through this programme. As a Fulbright summer programme participant, I will grow personally and academically. I am very excited for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!”

Fulbright Summer Institutes cover all participant costs and provide participants with a distinctive support and cultural education programme including visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session and opportunity to join the Fulbright alumni networks.

“As we celebrate the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s 70th Anniversary year, we are so proud of what our programmes have achieved, the number of Americans and Brits who have benefitted from educational exchange and of the “special relationship” that we continue to renew and strengthen,” said Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission. “The Summer Institutes provide students with a great opportunity to experience the UK higher education system, immerse themselves in British culture, and further develop intercultural understanding between our two countries.”

The Commission selects participants through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards, the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.

About the US-UK Fulbright Commission: The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on 22 September 1948 and is part of the Fulbright programme conceived by Senator J William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. It achieves this through its Awards programme for US and UK citizens and through its EducationUSA Advisory Service. The Fulbright Commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral level for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchanges programmes for shorter projects or for younger scholars. The Commission’s programmes are funded by a range of partners including leading US and UK universities, charities and both governments. For more information visit

About the UK Summer Institutes: Each year, the Commission supports up to 60 US undergraduate students to undertake a demanding academic and cultural summer programmes at leading institutions in the UK. This year we are hosting the following nine Summer Institute programmes at host institutions across the UK: AIFS Summer Institute at Shakespeare's Globe; University of Bristol Summer Institute; University of Exeter Summer Institute; Queen's University Belfast Summer Institute; the University of Westminster Summer Institute; the University of Sussex Summer Institute; the Scotland Summer Institute (at the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde); and the Aberystwyth University Summer Institute in Wales. For more information visit

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 six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit