Carthage named a top Fulbright producer
Carthage is among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Students, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced.
Five Carthage students won Fulbright awards for 2015-16, the highest total among bachelor’s degree institutions in Wisconsin. Across all categories, only the University of Wisconsin-Madison had more recipients statewide.
“The global perspective that our students develop through their curriculum, education abroad, and language study is a good fit for the role of Fulbright fellow,” said Dan Choffnes, director of student fellowships at Carthage.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The list of top-producing schools was released in late February.
More than 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research annually. The program operates in more than 140 countries.
“This distinction is a recognition of our students’ commitment to build bridges between the people of the United States and other countries,” Prof. Choffnes said. “It is gratifying to see so many of our alumni making a difference in classrooms and study sites all over the world.”
Thirteen Carthage students have won Fulbright grants in the past eight years. This year’s five recipients all graduated in May. Benjamin Simington of Matteson, Illinois, was chosen for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant in India, while four others were awarded grants through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program:
- Amy Bruckbauer (Bulgaria) of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
- Nicole Gaa (Turkey) of Gurnee, Illinois
- Micole Gauvin (Greece) of Beloit, Wisconsin
- Matthew Wehmeier (Germany) of Schaumburg, Illinois