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


Eight recent St. Olaf graduates were named Fulbright fellows for 2017-18, and three members of the graduating class were named alternates. They include (front row, from left) Mary Studer, Susan Hoops, (middle row, from left) Sophie Breen, Mary Katherine Maney, Elaine Macon, (back row, from left) Serena Calcagno, Madison Okuno, and Rinnah Becker.

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

Eight recent St. Olaf graduates won Fulbright awards for 2017–18, 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.

Of the eight recent St. Olaf graduates who earned the prestigious award this year, three are using their Fulbright awards to conduct research and five 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.