Five Wheaton students have won Fulbright Scholarships that will enable them to live, work and learn abroad after they graduate this spring.
Fulbright Scholarships for undergraduates are awarded throughout the spring semester and into early summer. Finalists for Fulbright awards to a number of countries are still awaiting word on their candidacy.
Wheaton consistently ranks among the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the nation when it comes to preparing students to win Fulbright Scholarships for advanced study and work abroad, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Institute for International Education, which administers the Fulbright program. The college’s students have won 71 Fulbright awards since 2000.
In 2012, Wheaton tied for sixth place with six other institutions (Claremont McKenna, Connecticut, Hamilton, Kenyon, Saint Olaf and Vassar colleges). Nine Wheaton students won Fulbright Scholarships in the past year. They are conducting research, studying and teaching English in Turkey, Taiwan, Mexico, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Thailand, Poland, the Czech Republic and Estonia.
Overall, Wheaton students won 18 national scholarships, including two Watson Fellowships, two French Government Teaching Assistantships, a Rotary International Scholarship, a Beinecke Scholarship, a 100 Projects for Peace Award and a Boren Undergraduate Scholarship.
The success of Wheaton’s students in winning the Fulbright reflects the college’s broader achievements in preparing young women and men to excel in earning a wide variety of international scholarships. Since 2000, more than 161 Wheaton graduates have won awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall and Truman scholarships.