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TxSt named top producer of Fulbright scholars

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Texas State University has been included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholars.

Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top-producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually.

Six scholars from Texas State were awarded Fulbright awards for 2018-2019—the only four-year university in Texas to make the exclusive list. Those faculty members represented a record number of Fulbright scholars for the university, who traveled abroad to teach and conduct research at foreign universities in Europe, North Africa and Asia.

“I am very proud of the faculty who achieved Fulbright Scholar recognition,” said Gene Bourgeois, Texas State provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Daris Hale, the Texas State Fulbright Campus Representative, is a passionate advocate for the program and has helped advance the Fulbright program at Texas State.”

The Fulbright Scholar Program is supported at Texas State through International Affairs. Hale, Texas State Fulbright campus representative and Fulbright ambassador, can be reached by email.

“We thank the colleges and universities across the United States that we are recognizing as Fulbright top-producing institutions for their role in increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” said Marie Royce, assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “We are proud of all the Fulbright students and scholars from these institutions who represent America abroad, increasing and sharing their skills and knowledge on a global stage.”

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 390,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More than 800 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers and independent scholars are awarded Fulbright grants to teach and/ or conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program operates in more than 125 countries.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. students and teachers to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research and teach foreign languages.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit the ECA's website.