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Top row, from left: Will Andriola '21, Loren Rodriguez '20, Cam DiGiovanni '20, Gianni Hill '21. Bottom from left: Katie Jickling '15, Tim Derby '21, Wynston Pennybacker '19, Cesar Guerrero '20

Once again, Hamilton has been named a Fulbright U.S. Student Program top-producing institution. Twenty-two students and 10 graduates applied for the 2021-22 academic year cycle. Of those, 13 students were named semi-finalists, seven received the grant, and two were selected as alternates. One student withdrew to accept the Marshall Scholarship.

For the 2022-23 application cycle, 13 students and alumni have been named semi-finalists. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced the top-producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the government’s flagship international educational exchange program, on Feb. 27.  Hamilton tied for eighth in baccalaureate institutions, with its seven recipients.

“In addition to the opportunity to teach, study, or conduct research, students and alumni embrace Fulbright’s mission to promote cross-cultural exchange and understanding,” said Ginny Dosch, student fellowships coordinator. “The application process requires months of reflection, research, and writing to complete thoughtful and compelling grant purpose and personal statements. All of our applicants present comprehensive narratives that highlight the academic and experiential foundation that they create at Hamilton.

“Once again, last year, Fulbright applicants received invaluable guidance and support from Doug Ambrose and John Bartle. Original members of the Fulbright committee - they have assisted students for the past 20 years - their attention to detail, insight, and humor is unmatched. Applications are also supported by faculty and administrators who write thoughtful and nuanced recommendation letters. It’s a collaborative process,” said Dosch.

The Fulbright Program was established more than 75 years ago to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 

Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 people from all backgrounds have participated in the Fulbright Program. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists, and teachers. They include 61 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 76 MacArthur Fellows, and thousands of leaders across the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Students and alumni interested in exploring Fulbright Grants for the fall 2022 application cycle should visit the fellowships website and contact Ginny Dosch.

*Katie Jickling ’15 (India/research) is included with the ’21-’22 grantees. Though awarded, ’21-’22 grantees to India couldn’t pursue the grant due to COVID and had to reapply. Jickling is a semi-finalist, once again, for research in India ’22-’23. 

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