Hanley Fultz '14 was one of Earlham's six students or recent graduates to earn Fulbright grants in 2014. He is currently serving as an English-language teaching assistant in Taiwan with support from the Fulbright program.
Earlham again earns status as one of nation's top-producing Fulbright institutions
February 12, 2015
Earlham College is a national leader for the number of Fulbright grants earned by students and recent graduates in 2014, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today.
Earlhamites earned a school record six Fulbrights last year with five accepting stipends that are funding teaching experiences or independent research abroad during the 2014-15 academic year.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Earlham was in the top 28 of all national liberal arts Colleges for Fulbrights in 2014 and joins other prestigious institutions like Pitzer, Amherst, Pomona, Oberlin, Middlebury and Kenyon colleges as leaders in this area. Earlham also ranks 6th among liberal arts colleges nationally for the percentage of international students on campus by U.S. News & World Report and 13th for the percentage of students who study abroad, according to Best Choice Schools.
Earlham graduates have long been strong candidates for Fulbright grants, given the College’s emphasis on exceptional academics and global engagement. Earlham has produced 25 Fulbrights since 2004 and was last recognized as a top-producing Fulbright institution in 2012.
“To be included on this list twice in three years is a testament to our talented students and the committed faculty who mentor them through the application process,” President David Dawson says. “Earlham is serious about preparing students to be strong, post-graduate scholars who can engage with the world as a means of preparing for a life of consequence.”
Four students and two recent graduates earned Fulbrights during Earlham’s record-breaking year. They include Hugh Schmidt ’14, Hanley Fultz ’14, Brian Forman ’14, Shannon Herbert ‘14, Chris Marshall '13 and Rosalyn Endlich ’12.
After graduation, Fultz, Schmidt, Herbert and Marshall traveled to Taiwan, Austria, South Korea and Thailand, respectively, to serve as English-language teaching assistants. Schmidt also is conducting research on what he calls the untold story of the Anschluss, the German annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany.
Endlich is conducting research on the transformative power of urban agriculture in Toronto with funding from the grant. The grant will also support her enrollment in the master’s program in Environmental Studies at York University.
Forman earned a Fulbright to research religion and witchcraft of the 14th and 15th centuries in France but declined his grant. He is instead carrying out his research at Northwestern University, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in history.
"We already know that a number of Earlham students have been selected as finalists for 2015 grants," says Assistant Professor of History Elana Passman, Earlham’s Fulbright liaison. Prospective applicants work with Passman and other faculty each fall to receive mentorship and advice on how to present their proposal to the Fulbright selection committee.
“Thanks to the incredible diversity of the Earlham community and the emphasis we place on cross-cultural experiences inside and outside the classroom, Earlham students are remarkably well-positioned to earn grants like the Fulbright,” Passman says. “Our students are committed to bettering the world, and we help equip them to achieve their vision.”
For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.
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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."
Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and firstname.lastname@example.org.