Pomona College is the No. 2 producer of Fulbright students in the nation among bachelor’s institutions, tying for the position with neighboring Pitzer College, as reported today in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
For 2016-2017, there were 15 Pomona students receiving Fulbrights. In the previous award year, 14 Pomona students were awarded Fulbrights and the College was No. 6 among bachelor’s institutions.
The Fulbright program seeks to promote international understanding by offering awards for one year of research very broadly defined, university study, or English language teaching abroad. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 140 countries throughout the world.
“Pomona students who are awarded Fulbrights are not only talented scholars but they also reflect a buoyant optimism that I believe the College helps foster. Every student who is committed to cultural exchange, international education and innovative research serves as a reminder that this world is in good hands because there are plenty of globally-minded, creative contributors to society — improving it as they challenge themselves. At Pomona, we are fortunate to have many of these hopeful reminders,” says Pomona College President David W. Oxtoby.
Among last year's projects: a Silk Road journey to study the syncretism of Sino-Islamic identity in China; epidemiological research at the Pasteur Institute’s Enteric Bacterial Pathogens Unit in Paris, France; and teaching positions in Indonesia, Vietnam and Colombia. The Fulbright competition is administered at Pomona College through the Career Development Office.
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants annually.
The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the United States 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.
Pomona and Pitzer are two of five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions that make up the unique consortium of The Claremont Colleges. Pomona students may supplement the College’s already comprehensive curriculum by taking classes at any of the undergraduate Claremont Colleges. The more than 2,000 courses available include intercollegiate majors and a wide range of language offerings.
Smith College was No. 1 on the list of top producers of Fulbrights.
For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.