February 12, 2015
One current student and an alumna from Susquehanna University have been accepted into the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, bringing the total number of accepted Fulbright scholars to 10 in the past three years. Susquehanna ranked among the top liberal arts colleges for Fulbright placement rate in Pennsylvania and in the top five percent of all schools nationally in 2013-14, the most recent year for which statistics are known.
Samantha Philips, a business administration major with an emphasis in global management from Brodheadsville, Pa., is currently awaiting admittance from her requested host country. Philips is interested in an English teaching assistantship in Argentina. Susquehanna alumna Oriana Long, class of 2014, is also accepted into the program and is awaiting admittance from her requested host country of Mexico.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.
Susquehanna has a dedicated program in place to identify and nurture potential applicants and Cymone Fourshey, associate professor of history and faculty coordinator for postgraduate advising, oversees the application process for the Fulbright and all postgraduate awards. She is also a Fulbright alumna after winning an award to Tanzania.
"I think the application process is important regardless of whether a student is accepted or not because it encourages them to think about their goals and their values," she said. "They are also then required to communicate those goals in a very succinct and persuasive manner."
Only a fraction of students accepted into the Fulbright program are admitted into the country of their choice due to availability of spots. Should they not be accepted by their host country, they can resubmit their proposal next year, a process Fourshey also believes is valuable.
"It also gives students the opportunity to make a case for themselves, as they will have to do throughout their professional careers," Fourshey said.
Notification from the host countries typically is made in late spring.
In addition to the Fulbright, Susquehanna students have also received the following coveted scholarship awards over the past few years:
- Peace Corps
- TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France)
- CBYX (Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, Germany)