The University has been a leader among its peer institutions in producing Fulbright scholars for several years, ranking first nationally in 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11, and 2007-08 and second nationally in 2009-10, 2008-09, and 2006-07. Since 2001, students from University of Portland have earned 46 Fulbright grants.
“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.”
The University had six alumni win the prestigious grants to work and study abroad for 2013-14. Four Fulbright student scholars are teaching in Germany: Petra Barton, of Mountain View, Calif., philosophy, sociology, and German studies; Erin Burns, of Santa Cruz, Calif., German studies and sociology; Martina Hagan, of Portland, Ore., German studies and psychology; and Jonathan Parsons, of Brush Prairie, Wash., global business and German studies. Two Fulbright student scholars are teaching in Spain: Joe Sleven, of Portland, Ore., business administration and Spanish minor; and My Van Duong, of Portland, Ore., who doubled majored in nursing and Spanish.
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.