Smith Expected to be
Ranked at the Top for Fulbrights
When Jill Abromowitz ’06 graduated summa cum laude
from Smith in May, with a major in Russian and economics, she was inducted into Phi
Beta Kappa and received an award for outstanding work in economics. But she had completed
only one phase of her education and was on the threshold of the next. In July, she
traveled to South Korea, where, as a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, she began
teaching English as a foreign language for the 2006–07 academic year.
Abromowitz is among a group of Smith “Fulbrighters”—12
members of the class of 2006 and five alumnae—who ventured off to 10 countries
this summer and fall for further study, community service or teaching jobs.
With this year’s 17 Fulbright winners, Smith
College has surpassed its own 2005 record of 14 recipients. When the rankings are
announced later this fall, it is widely expected that Smith will rank as the top
college in the nation in its proportion of winners. The Smith recipients join an
esteemed group of United States citizens, past and present, who have earned the distinction
of winning the highly coveted annual award, which was established in 1946.
The flagship international education program, operating
in more than 150 countries and awarded by the U.S. Department of State, is designed
to build mutual understanding between the United States and exchange countries. Recipients
use the fellowship, which was named after Senator J. William Fulbright, for post-undergraduate
academic endeavors abroad.
“The Fulbright is the perfect self-designed year
abroad after graduation,” says Donald Andrew, Smith fellowships adviser, “because
young adults act as ambassadors in addition to being researchers, teachers or students
or undertaking other projects such as community service.”
Visit www.smith.edu/news/2005-06/Fulbrighters.html for
a list of fellowship winners.