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Fulbright Awards in Top 5 Percent Nationally

Five members of the Susquehanna University community have been honored with Fulbright scholarships for 2014-15. Three of this year's winners are from the recently graduated Class of 2014-Kirstin Waldkoenig, Nicole Powers and Andrew Budsock-while Ariana Stowe and Jackie Newell are members of the Class of 2013. This brings Susquehanna's total number of Fulbright award winners to eight in the past two years, a distinction that ranks the university among the top liberal arts colleges for Fulbright placement rate in Pennsylvania and in the top 5 percent of all schools nationally.

Waldkoenig and Budsock were both placed and accepted by Germany, although Budsock turned down the Fulbright award in order to accept an appointment to work in an ecology lab at Technische Universität München through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX). Stowe is serving her Fulbright award in Brazil, while Newell is in Argentina. Powers is in France as part of the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), which counts as a partial Fulbright award. The five join a group of three alumni from the Class of 2013-Holly Belkot, Bridget Burnsand Carla Hinson-who won Fulbright awards last year.

"Having these students win these awards is tremendously prestigious for Susquehanna," says Cymone Fourshey, associate professor of history and faculty coordinator for postgraduate advising.

Susquehanna has a dedicated program in place to identify and nurture potential applicants, and Fourshey oversees the application process for all postgraduate awards. She is also a Fulbright alumna who received an award to Tanzania, the country where her research is focused to this day.



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