Boston College students received fifteen Fulbright awards in the 2016-2017 academic year. According to a ranking by the Chronicle of Higher Education, BC now ranks 18th among national research institutions in Fulbright students.
62 BC students applied for the prestigious scholarship, and the total amount of Fulbrights received by BC students since 2006 has now reached 194.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program sponsors these awards, which “support a post-baccalaureate year abroad to study, teach English, or conduct research.” Students are chosen based upon a combination of their academic excellence, leadership experience, and potential.
BC graduates operating this year under the Fulbright award are working both in research and in teaching English. These projects have taken BC students across the world, and there are students currently working in countries ranging from Bulgaria and Germany, to Malaysia and the Philippines.
Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley is very proud of this accomplishment. Inspired by BC’s mantra “Men and Women for Others,” he reminds us that “As a Jesuit, Catholic university, international collaborations and impact are important ways by which we live out our mission. This year’s 15 Fulbrights exemplify the best of Boston College and extend the University’s reach.”
BC’s Fulbright director, Paul Christensen, shares Mr. Quigley’s excitement, “The success of Boston College students in receiving Fulbright grants is based first and foremost on the fact that they are intelligent students,” she said, “with interesting ideas, excellent academic training, and impressive records of service.” Christensen was also sure to commend the faculty and advising staff who aid in the application and interview process.
As Christensen best summarizes, “All of these attributes equally reflect the missions of the Fulbright program and Boston College.” She believes that as BC continues to gain recognition for their large volume of Fulbright awards, students will also continue to apply their liberal arts education and Jesuit teachings across the globe.