Scripps College is a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students

The U.S. Department of State recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. students. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The success of the top-producing institutions is highlighted in the Oct. 28 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Nine alumnae from Scripps College received Fulbright awards for 2013-2014—ranking Scripps high among colleges its size. About 30 percent of the College’s applicants are awarded a Fulbright.

“Every day, students at Scripps College are encouraged to think independently and creatively. Students are often asked to examine international concerns through differing cultural perspectives,” said Scripps College President Lori Bettison-Varga. “I’m confident their Fulbright awards will further advance their interests and educational experiences.”

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 325,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. In the past 67 years, more than 44,000 students from the United States have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

The recipients, all from the class of 2013, will teach English and/or conduct research in their chosen country. They are: Susan Bryant, Austria; Poonam Daryani, Marika McClenahan, and Joi Ward, Malaysia; Alexandra Feldhausen, and Amy Hollander, Brazil; Jessica Fong, and Stephanie Park, Korea, and Claire Wilson, Jordan.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U. S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, composed of 12 educational and public leaders appointed by the president of the United States, formulates policies for the administration of the Fulbright Program, establishes criteria for the selection of candidates and approves candidates nominated for awards.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the U.S. Student Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit