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Education publication cites UMW for number of Fulbright scholars

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A list released this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education named the University of Mary Washington among the top producers of Fulbright scholars in the nation.

For the 2013–14 grant season, 11 UMW students applied for a Fulbright and three were awarded the scholarship, according to a university news release.

UMW’s three 2013 grants were awarded to Aubrey Elliott, Peter Hawes and Michaela Sands.

UMW is one of only two four-year public Virginia institutions to make the entire list. The College of William & Mary also made the list, in the research institutions category.

Thirteen UMW students have received the scholarship in the institution’s history.

“It is gratifying to see this recognition for these recent graduates, and for the University of Mary Washington’s outstanding international programs,” said Provost Jonathan Levin in the press release about the list. “These awards confirm that UMW continues to excel at preparing students for the new global realities of the 21st century.”

The Fulbright scholarship is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” according to the Fulbright website.

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