University of Portland continues as top school for Fulbright awards among master’s level institutions

Awards and Rankings

February 22, 2017

The University of Portland continues to be one of the top producers of Fulbright awards in the nation among master’s level institutions, according to a study released by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The University tied for third place nationally in student Fulbright awards for the academic year 2016-2017, with six students who have received the prestigious grant to study, conduct research and/or teach English abroad.

“The Fulbright Program provides a unique opportunity for young people to bring their passion for service and commitment to teaching to communities around the world,” said University president Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. “We are honored that this distinguished program provides continued recognition of the depth and talents of our outstanding students at the University of Portland.”

The six Fulbright recipients were awarded English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs) to several countries in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. Currently, two of the Fulbright scholars are teaching English in South Korea. The other four are currently each in positions teaching English in Argentina, Germany, Malaysia, and Mexico. The 2016 Fulbright recipients were Kristen Jakstis ’16 (Germany), Erin Nishijima ’16 (South Korea), Jonathan Squires ’13 (South Korea), Katherine Lord ’16 (Malaysia), Taylor Zehren ’16 (Argentina), and Josefina Duran-Martinez ’16 (Mexico). 

The University of Portland continually ranks in the top tier of all master’s level institutions. Since 2001, students from the University have earned 58 Fulbright grants.

The United States Fulbright program began 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 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given over 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, scientists and other professionals the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

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