Wellesley College Is No. 1 Among U.S. Colleges for Fulbright Awards

For immediate release:
October 20, 2004

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- With 10 official winners, Wellesley College ranks in first place among all U.S. baccalaureate colleges in producing the highest number of 2004-2005 Fulbright Awards with 10 students earning the honor. But according to Eleanor Perkins, director of fellowship programs at Wellesley’s Center for Work and Service, that’s not the whole story.

“Actually, to my knowledge, we ‘won’ 14 awards through the Fulbright Student Program,” she said. Three winners declined the award to accept another opportunity, and therefore, the Fulbright Program doesn’t count them in the official tally. In addition, one winning alumna wasn’t included in the totals since she applied independently.

“Our students are truly remarkable,” said Perkins. “Their success is also a reflection of the advice and support they get from our amazing faculty.”

Go to www.wellesley.edu/PublicAffairs/Releases/2004/052104.html for details on Wellesley’s Fulbright student award winners.

The Fulbright Program recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2004-2005 U.S. Fulbright Fellows; the results are reported in the Oct. 22 Chronicle of Higher Education.

Under the Fulbright Program, 1,100 American students in 104 fields of study have been offered grants to study, teach English and conduct research in more than 110 countries throughout the world beginning this fall. Students receiving awards for this academic year applied through 550 colleges or universities. Detailed lists of the students are available by Home State, Field of Study and Host Country; go to www.iie.org/fulbright.

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

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For more information, go to www.wellesley.edu.