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UMN Morris Is a Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Students

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Author: 
Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
February 19, 2018
  • The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.
  • Morris is the only public institution on the list of baccalaureate top Fulbright producing colleges.
  • Four Morris students earned Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards in 2017–18, and another four are 2018–19 semifinalists.

The University of Minnesota, Morris is one of the American colleges and universities that produced the most 2017–18 Fulbright U.S. Students, says the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.

Four Morris students earned Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards in 2017–18: Chase Glomstad '17, Olivia Ilgar '16, Addison Schnabel '17, and Amanda Hudinsky '17. The awards took these cultural ambassadors to Germany, Spain, and Brazil.

According to Professor of History and Coordinator for National and International Fellowships Jennifer Deane, the accomplishments of Morris's Fulbright applicants are impressive. Nine students submitted applications for 2017–18; five were selected as semifinalists, and four were finalists. This 44 percent success rate, Deane says, "is up there with the best of them."

"I'm delighted to see Morris recognized in this way, particularly since we are a public liberal arts college and proud to serve the communities we do," she says. "Our students consistently bring strong academics, civic engagement, and passion to their applications, and it's been a privilege to work with them."

"As one of the country's top public liberal arts college, Morris provides talented students access to life-changing educational opportunities," adds Chancellor Michelle Behr. "Our exceptional students are prepared to live as engaged global citizens, and we are excited for their upcoming Fulbright experiences. We are also proud to be the only public institution on this year's list of baccalaureate top Fulbright producing colleges."

Another four Morris students are 2018–19 semifinalists: Brittany Grady '17, Autumn Carlson '18, Alexa Barta '18, and Matthew Ebaugh '17. Finalists will be announced in April.

The Fulbright competition is administered at Morris through the Academic Center for Enrichment. To learn more, visit ace.morris.umn.edu.

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About Fulbright

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.