Tops in Fulbrights

Wheaton College continues to rank 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.

Wheaton tied for sixth place with six other institutions (Claremont McKenna, Connecticut, Hamilton, Kenyon, Saint Olaf and Vassar colleges), according to The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Institute for International Education, which administers the Fulbright program.

“Wheaton is extremely proud of the accomplishments of our Fulbright award recipients who have taken full advantage of the opportunities that our faculty and staff afford them,” said President Ronald A. Crutcher.

This marks the eighth consecutive year that Wheaton has ranked among the nation’s top 10 liberal arts colleges in the preparation of Fulbright Scholars. Overall, the college’s students have won 68 Fulbright awards from 2000 through 2012.

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 158 Wheaton graduates have won awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall and Truman scholarships.