University nationally recognized for scholars

Kelly Ross
News Co-Editor


The University was ranked one of the nation’s top producers of U.S. Fulbright students for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published the rankings on Feb. 21. The University was one of 23 Master’s institutions ranked a top producer of Fulbright scholars. Five University students were awarded Fulbright grants in May 2016.

The Fulbright grant, administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), is a merit-based scholarship that enables scholars to research and teach abroad for a year, according to The University’s website.

According to the council for International Exchange of Scholars website, The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually to thousands of students and several hundred teachers and professionals.

Approximately 370,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the program since its inception in 1946, according to the website.

The rankings included 105 universities.

Photo Courtsey of the University FULBRIGHT Scholars pictured in May. Seated from left: Susan Trussler, Ph.D., Fulbright Program adviser; University of Scranton President The Rev. Dr. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.; and Patricia Harrington, Ed.D., then acting provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Standing are Fulbright award recipients: Sarah Fitch, English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia; Ivan Simpson-Kent, Academic Award to Germany; Olivia Gillespie, English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil; Aimee Miller, Academic Award to China; and Veronica Sinotte, Academic Award to Denmark.

The University is one of six Pennsylvania colleges and one of seven Jesuit Universities that were included. Some Jesuit schools recognized include Georgetown, The College of the Holy Cross and Boston College.

155 graduates of The University have earned a Fulbright or other international fellowship award since 1972, according to The University’s website. This is the 11th year The University has been recognized as one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars.

In a press release posted by The University, President of The University, Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., said the national recognition is an example of The University’s goal of global engagement.

“At Scranton, we are committed to provide our students with not only a quality education that will put them in good standing professionally, but one that will truly engage them within a global context,” Quinn said.

“Our nationally recognized success with the Fulbright program, as seen through the achievement of our students, is a shining example of what we aim to accomplish.”

The most recent Fulbright recipients from The University are Sarah Fitch ’16, English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia; Olivia Gillespie ’16, English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil; Ivan Simpson-Kent ’16, Academic Award to Germany; Veronica Sinotte ’16, Academic Award to Denmark; and Aimee Miller ’12, Graduate school’17, Academic Award to China.