UofL recognized as top producer of Fulbright scholars
The University of Louisville has landed on a list of top producers of U.S. Fulbright student scholars for 2010-2011.
The Chronicle of Higher Education published the list Oct. 24 showing UofL as 19th among 34 U.S. research institutions. Only institutions with 10 or more Fulbright winners were listed.
UofL students earned 14 Fulbright awards this year, surpassing such well-respected institutions as Duke University, George Washington University, Ohio State University and Georgetown University.
UofL also ranks second amongst southern schools, outperforming Wake Forest University, the University of Florida and Vanderbilt University.
The numbers released by the Chronicle show a "second story" that is nearly as compelling as UofL's record number of winners, said Patricia Condon, director of national and international scholarship opportunities.
"One thing that really stands out is the phenomenal success rate of our applicants," Condon said. "We had 31 applicants and 14 winners. No other university on the top producers' list even comes close to achieving such positive results."
The average number of applicants from the other top 20 research institutions was more than 80 students.
The high number of Fulbright winners has raised UofL student awareness of prestigious international scholarships. Condon said the department has been "flooded" with scholarship applications.
"It's a lot of work, but it's exactly what we hoped would happen," she said.