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UP ranks second nationally among “master's institutions” with Fulbright Scholarship winners

The University of Portland ranks second nationally among “master’s institutions” in a listing of top producers of Fulbright Awards for U.S. students in 2009-10, according to this week’s print edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Three University of Portland senior students have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright scholarships this year. That places the University of Portland and six other schools just below Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida, which has four Fulbrights.

One of the University of Portland’s Fulbrights was for an English teaching assistant position in Germany, awarded to Jennifer Luetkehans, of Olympia, Wash. Luetkehans was a double major in English and German studies.The University’s Arielle Le Veux, of Salem, earned an English teaching assistant position in Peru. Le Veaux was a double major in nursing and Spanish.

Another University of Portland graduate, Brady Shinn, of Boise, Idaho, received a research scholarship in Germany. Shinn was a double major in political science and German studies.

Twenty three students from the University of Portland have won Fulbrights. The University of Portland ranked first nationally among “master’s institutions” in 2007-08 and ranked second nationally in 2006-07.

Under the Fulbright program, 1,559 American students in more than 100 different fields of study have been offered grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in over 125 countries throughout the world beginning this fall. 

Students receiving awards for this academic year applied through 570 colleges or universities.  Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at:

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program equips future American leaders with the skills they need to thrive in an increasingly global environment by providing funding for one academic year of study, research or assistant teaching abroad. 

Fellows undertake self-designed programs in disciplines ranging from the social sciences, business, communication and performing arts to physical sciences, engineering and education. 

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 294,000 participants worldwide with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Financial support is provided by an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State, with significant contributions from participating governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad.   The Presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board formulates policy guidelines and makes the final selection of all grantees.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the U.S. Student Program, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to American teachers and faculty to do research, lecture and teach overseas. In addition, some 3,850 new foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, carry out research and lecture at U.S. universities, colleges and secondary schools.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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