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

The University of Portland ranks first nationally among “master’s institutions” in a listing of top producers of Fulbright Awards for U.S. students in 2010-11, according to a study released today by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Six University of Portland students have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright scholarships this year, with five accepting. That places the University of Portland atop the rankings, ahead of such schools as Villanova University, St. Edwards University, Seattle University and Santa Clara University.

The University of Portland has been a leader among its peer institutions for several years in producing Fulbright scholars, ranking first nationally in 2007-08 and second nationally in 2006-07, 2008-09 and 2009-10. A total of 24 students from the University of Portland have won Fulbrights.

“For more than a century the University of Portland has been 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.”

Five of the Fulbrights won for 2010-11 are for English teaching positions in Germany, while one is a research position in Poland.

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 was a double major in biochemistry and Spanish.

“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.”

In addition to the Fulbright grants, several other University of Portland students won competitive scholarships for 2010-11, highlighting the rigorous academic work and excellent preparation given to students by the University’s faculty.

Kelly Northcutt ’11 received a prestigious Udall Scholarship to further her studies in environmental ethics and policy. Kendra Chritz ’09 received a three-year $30,000 graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

Three 2010 graduates won teaching awards from the French government: Katy Blaustein, Nathan Haskell and Abby Olson. Two 2010 graduates have earned teaching assistantships from the Austrian government: Katie Weltner and Jenni Keating.

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 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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