The University of Portland continues to be one of the top producers of Fulbright scholars in the nation, ranking third among “master’s universities,” according to a study released by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The University has been a leader among its peer institutions in producing Fulbright scholars for several years, ranking first nationally in 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11, and 2007-08 and second nationally in 2009-10, 2008-09, and 2006-07. Since 2001, UP students have earned 46 Fulbright grants.
The University had six alumni win the prestigious grants to work and study abroad for 2013-14. Four Fulbright student scholars are teaching in Germany: Petra Barton, philosophy, sociology, and German studies; Erin Burns, German studies and sociology; Martina Hagan, German studies and psychology; and Jonathan Parsons, global business and German studies. Two Fulbright student scholars are teaching in Spain: Joe Sleven, business administration and Spanish minor; and My Van Duong, who double majored in nursing and Spanish.
The United States Fulbright program began in 1946 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 140 countries worldwide.
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