University of Portland
05-14-2010
Contact: John Furey, Joe Kuffner

Six University of Portland graduates awarded prestigious Fulbright grants to work and study abroad

Six University of Portland graduates have been awarded prestigious Fulbright grants to work and study abroad. Five of the Fulbrights are for English teaching positions in Germany, while one is a research position in Poland.

“For more than a century the University of Portland has been utterly devoted to superb teaching as a primary way of helping young people find and hone their incredible creative talents,” said University President Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., “and we are very pleased to see our own students now bringing their talents worldwide through the Fulbright program. We really do think of our graduates as agents of hope and creativity in the world, and this is a particularly refreshing and influential way to bring the University’s mission into play internationally.”

The recipients of the German teaching grants are: Liz Banicki of Eagle River, Alaska, a double major in political science and German Studies; Allison Goodfellow of Enumclaw, Wash., a triple major in English, history, and German Studies; Cate O’Malley of Tumwater, Wash., a double major in history and German Studies; Isaac Otto of Corvallis, Ore., a double major in political science and German Studies; and Sarah Warsaw of Portland, Ore., a 2009 graduate with a double major in political science and German Studies. O’Malley has declined the grant.

Agatha Brzezinski of Wilsonville, Ore., earned the research position in Poland, where she will be studying allergens. She is a double major in biochemistry and Spanish.

In addition to the Fulbright grants, two 2010 graduates have earned Teaching Assistantships from the Austrian Government: Katie Weltner of Redmond, Wash., a double major in global business and German studies and Jenni Keating of Los Altos, Calif., a double major in psychology and German studies.

“These students worked very hard on their applications and are richly deserving of the honor,” said John Orr, Assistant to the Provost for Fellowships and Grants. “They will represent UP and the United States extremely well in their year abroad.”

The University of Portland ranked second nationally among “master’s institutions” in a listing of top producers of Fulbright Awards for U.S. students in 2009-10, according to a Chronicle of Higher Education report. Since 2001, students from the University of Portland have earned 24 Fulbright grants and eight Austrian Teaching Assistantships.

The United States Fulbright program began in 1946 after World War II to “assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States and other countries of the world” through the exchange of students, scholars and professionals. The program operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

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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