Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 1, 2007

Whitworth Named a Top Producer of Fulbright Students for 2007-08

The Fulbright Program recently announced that Whitworth was a top producer of students who received Fulbright awards in 2007-08. The success of the top-producing institutions was highlighted in the Oct. 26 print edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education and in its online edition. Whitworth, which submitted three applications and had two Fulbright scholars selected, is listed in the master's institutions category, along with 20 other institutions including Mills College, City University of New York, and Valparaiso University. Please visit The Chronicle of Higher Education online to view the top-producers list (the list appears below the article).

Whitworth alumnae Lindsey Kiehn and Leah Silvieus, both '07, were selected last April to the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program, which places young Americans as English teachers in middle and high schools throughout Korea. This was the first time two Whitworth students received Fulbright awards in the same year. Since 2000, six Whitworth students and four faculty members have been selected as Fulbright scholars, according to John Yoder, Whitworth professor of political science and the university's Fulbright advisor.

"As a university, Whitworth works very hard on building global citizenship among our students and we are gratified when those efforts receive notice," says Whitworth President Bill Robinson. "Our Fulbright scholars bring extraordinary talent with them to our campus, and John Yoder has done superb work as our Fulbright advisor. He both inspires and guides our students."

Whitworth having two students receive Fulbright awards in 2007-08 is notable in light of the fact that of Fulbright's list of top producers, fewer than 100 colleges and universities had more than one Fulbright recipient. Of those, more than 20 were top-name research institutions that submitted applications at every level, including numerous proposals for master's or Ph.D. research. For example, the University of Michigan submitted 119 applications at all levels while Whitworth submitted three at the bachelor's level. Many of the schools that won more than one award are Ivy League schools and prestigious institutions such as Bryn Mawr and Macalester, according to Yoder.

In October, Whitworth submitted 10 undergraduate applications for 2008-09 Fulbright awards: three for English teaching awards to Korea and Indonesia and seven for research awards to China, Ethiopia, Germany, the United Kingdom and France. Applicants who make the first cut will be announced in early February; Fulbright recipients will be named in late spring.

Under the Fulbright Program, almost 1,500 American students in more than 100 different fields of study were offered 2007-08 grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in more than 125 countries throughout the world beginning this fall.    

Of the 1,500 Fulbrighters, 65 percent are at the bachelor’s degree level, 17 percent are at the master's-degree level, and 19 percent are at the Ph.D. 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. 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 290,000 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 61 years, almost 42,000 students from the United States have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



John Yoder, professor of political science and Fulbright advisor, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4432 or johnyoder@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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