"FSU is really becoming a powerhouse in the Fulbright competition," Purcell said.
Fulbrights awarded to a record 10 FSU students and alumni
By Barry Ray
With help from Florida State University's Office of National Fellowships, 10 FSU students and alumni have received the prestigious Fulbright Award—the most in a single year for the university. This year's tally of Fulbright recipients tops FSU's 2006 record of eight—and is a sign of the university's continuing commitment to help students pursue opportunities for educational and personal enrichment, according to Jamie Purcell, director of the Office of National Fellowships.
J. William Fulbright
"FSU is really becoming a powerhouse in the Fulbright competition," Purcell said. "This is truly a sterling achievement for these students, the faculty and staff who have mentored and supported them, and for the university."
Steve Uhlfelder, a Tallahassee attorney and former member of the FSU Board of Trustees who also chairs the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, called the 10 Fulbrights "an amazing feat. Very few universities have this many Fulbright recipients in a single year. It is a tribute both to the hard work of the students themselves and to that of the university faculty and administration."
The award winners are Natalie Binder, Dan Carlson, Jamal Grimes, Megan Hewitt, Katie Hodges, Timothy Lorton, Anna Philp, Matt Phipps, Natasha Rocas and Nathan Timpano. With their awards, they will study, conduct research and teach English overseas next year in eight different countries across the globe. FSU students Thomas Henderson and Douglas Westlake were selected as alternates.
Purcell said the Fulbright Program for U.S. Students awards only the highest-caliber students with a genuine commitment to cultural engagement, and it has an extensive selection process. Fulbright is the largest international exchange program in the United States. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, it offers opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to study and conduct research internationally, as well as worldwide opportunities for teaching.
"These remarkable students are a living memorial to the legacy of Senator Fulbright and his commitment to peace and cross-cultural understanding," Purcell said.
J. William Fulbright was a U.S. senator whose bill, signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1946, launched the program that bears his name.
The 10 Fulbright recipients have a variety of plans for their awards:
For more information, visit FSU's Office of National Fellowships.