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The College of the Holy Cross is again among the liberal arts colleges with the highest number of Fulbrights awarded to its graduating class, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, which published its annual “Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students by Type of Institution, 2012-13” list on Oct. 29.
Eleven members of the Class of 2012 received Fulbright grants last spring and are currently working and teaching abroad in Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. This marks a record high number of Fulbrights awarded in a single year for the College, and places Holy Cross among the top six liberal arts institutions in the country.
“Last year, we had 55 applicants, a record here at Holy Cross,” says Anthony Cashman, director of Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies at the College. “Our recent successes—37 winners in the past five years—have shown our students that they can, indeed, compete with the best undergrads and grads from the top schools around the country. This year, we set another Holy Cross record with 63 applicants, so students continue to get the Fulbright message.”
Other liberal arts colleges with 10 or more Fulbrights this year are Pitzer College (19), Scripps College (14), Pomona College (14), Smith College (14), Grinnell College (13), Oberlin College (11), Williams College (10) and Swarthmore College (10).
Since 2003, Holy Cross has received a total of 54 Fulbrights, and has consistently been among the nation’s top producers of Fulbright students at the undergraduate level. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is widely recognized as the most prestigious international exchange program in the world. The highly competitive grants are awarded on the basis of academic merit and professional promise.