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It’s a Carthage three-peat on list of top Fulbright producers

  • Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Students for a third straight year.
    Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Students for a third straight year.
    Fulbright U.S. Program
February 21, 2018

For a third straight year, Carthage is among the colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright U.S. Students, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced.

Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Carthage is the only college or university in Wisconsin to make the new list, with five of its recent graduates winning Fulbright awards for 2017-18.

“It is a tremendous honor to be named again among the top 30 or so bachelor’s degree institutions nationwide in Fulbright awards,” said Carthage president John Swallow. “This result is a testament to the outstanding work of Carthage students, as well as the outstanding support and assistance Carthage faculty provide them during their undergraduate years.”

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange, operates in more than 140 countries. This year’s cohort of Fulbright fellows won prestigious English Teaching Assistantships to help local teachers with language instruction and serve as cultural ambassadors.

Carthage has had 22 Fulbrighters in the past decade.

“As Fulbright fellows, our students represent our college and country exceptionally well in their placements all over the world,” said Professor Dan Choffnes, director of student fellowships at Carthage. “They are passionate, culturally sensitive, curious, and adaptable individuals.”

Recommended by the Carthage Fulbright committee, the recipients’ applications passed through two rounds of competition at the national level. Carthage’s 2017-18 fellows are serving in host countries across Europe and Asia:

  • Alex Ash ’16 ­– Reading, Pa. (Thailand)
  • Jessica Livingston ’17 ­– Wheeling, Ill. (Czech Republic)
  • Jamie Tyrrell ’17 – Andover, Minn. (South Korea)
  • Alexa Wesselhoff ’16 ­– Belvidere, Ill. (Taiwan)
  • Paige Whitney ’17 ­– Albany, Ill. (South Korea)

“In our liberal arts setting,” Prof. Choffnes said, “students can engage with international languages and cultures while exploring the talents that make them strong Fulbright candidates.”