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

St. Olaf seniors (from left) Kia Vang, Sophia Kor, David Galick, and Sonja Smerud have been named Fulbright fellows for 2014–15. Melanie Brooks '11 (not pictured) was also accepted into the prestigious program.
St. Olaf students (from left) Kia Vang ’14, Sophia Kor ’14, David Galick ’14, and Sonja Smerud ’14 received Fulbright awards for 2014–15. Melanie Brooks ’11 and Shaina Rud ’14 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.

Six St. Olaf students won Fulbright awards for 2014–15, 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 Bowdoin and Kenyon colleges in the number of students at each institution who earned Fulbright fellowships.

Of the six St. Olaf students who earned the prestigious award this year, two are using their Fulbright awards to conduct research — one on environmental policy and the other on orchestral conducting. The other four students are performing English teaching assistantships through the program.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the Department of State and awards more than 1,800 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.