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Georgetown’s 2009-10 Fulbright Fellows: Bethany Byrd Hughes, Michael Clemons, Jordan Sanderson

The Fulbright Program recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2009-2010 U.S. Fulbright Fellows. The success of the top producing institutions was highlighted in the October 19 print edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Three students from Georgetown College won Fulbright awards for 2009-2010 – Bethany Byrd Hughes (Germany), a German and Pre-Med double major when she was here, from Rockwall, TX and Danville, KY; and a pair of Spanish and Commerce, Language & Culture double majors Michael Clemons (Spain) of Louisville and Jordan Sanderson (Mexico) of Union, KY.

“I’m particularly proud that this is the second time we’ve appeared on the list of top Fulbright producers – the only Kentucky institution to make a repeat appearance,” Provost Rosemary Allen said. “This level of consistent success is evidence of the quality of the students we produce at Georgetown College and their ability to compete at a national level.”

The three Fulbrights from Georgetown College clearly benefited from Dr. Allen’s dual role as Fulbright Program Adviser (she’s advised 20 of the school’s 21 Fellows since 1989; www.georgetowncollege.edu/Fulbright). Our current Fellows were gratified by the Chronicle recognition, but cited Georgetown’s tradition over any surprise.
Jordan Sanderson, who was awarded the special Fulbright Binational Business Grant, is working full-time at Rothschild, an international investment bank specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions and financial restructurings. He wrote in an e-mail, “I’m excited, but not surprised, to hear that Georgetown is being recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education…Thanks to Georgetown’s cultivating environment and some hard work, I now get to go to my dream job everyday while living in one of the largest cities in the world — Mexico City. The energy in this city is incredible and I am definitely considering extending my time in Mexico as a result of the Fulbright grant.”

Michael Clemons wrote, “I am honored and excited to continue the College’s tradition of excellence.

“My experiences of teaching English to Spanish high-schoolers has confirmed my love for education, no matter what age or what nation,” continued Clemons, who teaches seventh- and ninth-graders at IES Profesor Máximo Trueba in Boadilla del Monte, a suburb of Madrid. “It is truly a life-changing experience that Georgetown College greatly prepared me for.”

Making the Chronicle’s list again places Georgetown among many of the top liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation for success in this prestigious competition. Among the other institutions with three Fulbrights are Bard College, Bates College, Carleton College, Colgate University, Haverford College, Washington and Lee University, and Wesleyan University. Also with three Fulbrights was Transylvania University, the only other Kentucky institution to be honored.

Under this program, 1,559 American students in more than 100 different fields of study have been offered grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in over 125 countries throughout the world beginning this fall.

Of the 1,557 Fulbrighters, 19% are at the Ph.D. degree level, 17% are at the Master’s level, and 65% are at the Bachelor’s degree level. Students receiving awards for this academic year applied through 570 colleges or universities. Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at: www.fulbrightonline.org/us.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program equips future American leaders with the skills they need to thrive in an increasingly global environment by providing funding for one academic year of study, research or assistant teaching abroad. /p>

Fellows undertake self-designed programs in disciplines ranging from the social sciences, business, communication and performing arts to physical sciences, engineering and education.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 294,000 participants worldwide with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants. In the past 63 years, more than 42,000 students from the United States have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Financial support is provided by an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State, with significant contributions from participating governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad. The Presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board formulates policy guidelines and makes the final selection of all grantees.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the U.S. Student Program, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to American teachers and faculty to do research, lecture and teach overseas. In addition, some 3,850 new foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, carry out research and lecture at U.S. universities, colleges and secondary schools.