2004-2005 Academic Year
Record Number of Pitzer College Students Awarded 2005 Fulbright Fellowships
Claremont , Calif. (June 1, 2005) – Pitzer College has received a record ten Fulbright Fellowships for the 2005-2006 academic year, bringing the three-year Fulbright total to 21. Nine Pitzer College students and one alumnus have been awarded Fulbright grants to continue in their fields of study. An additional Pitzer student been designated an alternate. Pitzer College has exceeded its 2003 national record of six Fulbright Fellows for schools of its size.
Fifteen Pitzer students were recommended for Fulbright Fellowships for 2005-2006 by the U.S. Fulbright Committee. Those recommendations were forwarded to the Fulbright committees in the respective host countries, where final decisions are made between April and June 2005. The majority of students recommended at the national level participated in Pitzer College ’s External Studies program.
This year’s Fulbright winners include Nancy Castillo ’05 (Ecuador), who also won a Coro Fellowship; Jennie Gubner ’05 (Argentina), who also won a Watson Fellowship; Leanne Stein ’05 (South Korea); Shoni Blitstein ’05 (South Korea); Annalily Charles ’05 (first ever to Taiwan); Sebastian Dettman ’05 (new Indonesia program); David H. Wells ’79 (alumnus Fulbright to Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India); Lisa Okamoto (Spain); Oceana Lamberto-Egan ’05 (Malaysia); and Susannah Welch ’05 (Andorra); and Genevieve Winter ’05 (alternate for Sweden).
“It’s great that our students are doing so well in the Fulbright competition year after year. Pitzer tends to draw students who are very interested in global issues. They undertake great External Studies programs whilst they are Pitzer students and develop their interests further,” said Associate Professor Nigel Boyle and Pitzer College Fulbright advisor.
The flagship international educational program sponsored by the United States government, the Fulbright Program is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries..." With this goal, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 250,000 participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study and teach in each other's countries, exchange ideas and develop joint solutions to address shared concerns.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas . Approximately 250,000 "Fulbrighters," 94,000 from the United States and 155,600 from other countries, have participated in the program since its inception more than 50 years ago. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 4,500 new grants annually. Fulbright alumni include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, governors and senators, ambassadors and artists, prime ministers and heads of state, professors and scientists, Supreme Court justices and CEOs.