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Smith Is Number One in Fulbright Awards

Last year Smith College was the top producer of those receiving the prestigious Fulbright Fellowships from among the nation’s undergraduate institutions. A record-breaking 14 fellowships were awarded to Smith students in 2005. With a total of 31 applicants for the Fulbright Fellowship, Smith also ranked among the top colleges in the proportion of winners.

In November, The Chronicle of Higher Education listed the institutions producing the most Fulbright winners in a special section on the Fulbright program. Wellesley College ranked third with nine Fulbright winners from 30 applicants in 2005; Mount Holyoke College was ninth with six awards from 16 applicants. Vassar College also had six Fulbright scholars and Bryn Mawr, three.

The Fulbright award is a highly coveted scholarship given annually by the U.S. Department of State to support student projects and academic endeavors abroad. It is the largest international exchange program offered in the United States, operating in more than 140 countries.

Smith’s 14 Fulbright Fellows, who traveled individually abroad this year to study in 11 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe, include 11 of last year’s graduates and alumnae from 2004, 2003 and 2001.

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