IC Listed as Top Fulbright Producer

By Marisa Thomas ’22, March 23, 2020
Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes Ithaca College.

Ithaca College has once again been named a Top Fulbright Producer, for being listed among the ranks of master’s level institutions with the most student Fulbright awardees. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Top producers of Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Students 2019-2020,” gives recognition to the college as being a top producer.

The Fulbright program was created to further understanding between people from the U.S. and other countries by sponsoring correspondence in sciences, academia and public service, among other fields. It provides grants for teaching assistant programs and research programs in various foreign countries.

Professor of English Hugh Egan is the faculty liaison for students seeking external grants and awards, and he coordinates the Fulbright application process for students.

“It’s great that IC was once again recognized as a top Fulbright producer,” Egan said, “It is a testament to our multi-talented students in all of our schools.”

In the 2019-2020 academic year, there were 11 applicants and three were accepted for the Fulbright program.

Addison Dlott ’19 received an English Teaching Award to serve as a teaching assistant in a secondary school in Malaysia; Grant Brighter ’19 received a research award to research synaptic plasticity in Bergen, Norway; and Zihui Adams ’17, MS ’18, received an English Teaching Award to teach in elementary schools in Taitung, Taiwan.

“Our active participation in the Fulbright program is a perfect example of how Ithaca College values bold thinking for a global good,” said La Jerne Terry Cornish, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “The alumni participating in this program have brought their talents and expertise to their host countries, and they will return with a deeper cultural understanding.”

Ithaca College has had longstanding success with the Fulbright program. Since 1995, 38 students have won awards, while at least 26 faculty members have received awards since 1998.  

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

For more information, visitus.fulbrightonline.org.