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UW-Eau Claire Again Among Top Producers of Fulbright Scholars

RELEASED: Nov. 6, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is among the top producers of 2008-09 U.S. Fulbright Fellows, according to a list recently released by the Fulbright Program.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 22 institutions included in the master's institution category on the Fulbright Program's list of colleges and universities that produced the most U.S. Fulbright Fellows.

With two UW-Eau Claire students awarded Fulbright awards for 2008-09, UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin institution included on the list of top Fulbright producers in the master's category.

"UW-Eau Claire attracts bright students who have a great interest in the world," said Cheryl Lochner-Wright, UW-Eau Claire's Fulbright adviser from the Center for International Education. "Many of our students study abroad and then return looking for other international opportunities. They're attracted to the Fulbright program because it allows them to live, study, teach or conduct research all over the world."

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program equips future American leaders with the skills they need to thrive in an increasingly global environment by providing funding for one academic year of study, research or assistant teaching abroad, according to Fulbright leaders.

Fellows undertake self-designed programs in disciplines ranging from the social sciences, business, communication and performing arts to physical sciences, engineering and education.

In recent years, UW-Eau Claire has increased its efforts to educate students, faculty and staff about the prestigious program, Lochner-Wright said.

"We want the campus community to be aware of the many opportunities the Fulbright program provides," Lochner-Wright said. "We want people to understand that while it's a highly competitive program, our students and alumni are being accepted into the program. They have what it takes to compete with students and alumni from institutions all over the United States."

Under the Fulbright Program, nearly 1,500 American students in more than 100 different fields of study were offered grants to study, teach English and conduct research in more than 125 countries beginning this fall. Students receiving awards for this academic year applied through 570 colleges or universities.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Financial support is provided by an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State, with contributions from participating governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board formulates policy guidelines and makes the final selection of all grantees.

In America, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the U.S. Student Program, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to American teachers and faculty to do research, lecture and teach overseas. In addition, some 2,200 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, carry out research and lecture at U.S. universities, colleges and secondary schools.

The Chronicle of Higher Education's coverage of top producing Fulbright Fellows institutions is available online.

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