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St. Olaf among top producers of U.S. Fulbright students

St. Olaf seniors (from left) Ida Sobotik '15, Sarah Beam '15, Nels Thompson '15, Serina Robinson '15, and Julia Irons '15 have been named Fulbright Fellows for 2015-16. Beret Amundson '15, William Wertjes '15, and Clarissa Angeroth Franks '14 (not pictured) were also accepted into the prestigious program.

Recent St. Olaf graduates (from left) Ida Sobotik ’15, Sarah Beam ’15, Nels Thompson ’15, Serina Robinson ’15, and Julia Irons ’15 were named Fulbright Fellows for 2015-16. Beret Amundson ’15, William Wertjes ’15, and Clarissa Angeroth Franks ’14 (not pictured) were also accepted into the prestigious program.

St. Olaf College is one of the top producers of Fulbright fellows among liberal arts colleges across the nation.

Nine recent St. Olaf graduates won Fulbright awards for 2015–16, putting the college on a list of colleges and universities that produced the most fellows this year.

The list, compiled by the Institute of International Education on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education. St. Olaf tied with Kenyon and Scripps colleges in the number of students at each institution who earned Fulbright fellowships.

Of the nine recent St. Olaf graduates who earned the prestigious award this year, five are using their Fulbright awards to conduct research and four are performing English teaching assistantships.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the Department of State and awards more than 1,500 grants to U.S. students every year.

The program operates in more than 140 countries, seeking to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries” and “contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.” Program participants are chosen based on many factors, including leadership potential and academic merit.