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Students focus on Fulbright

The arrival of the fall semester brings along scholarship season. Among all the scholarship opportunities, the acclaimed Fulbright Scholarship takes center stage in the mind of many American students. Every year, this internationally recognized government scholarship awards approximately 1,900 grants to graduating and graduate students. This prize gives scholars the opportunity to conduct advanced research, graduate research, or teach in a variety of settings, including international universities, secondary- and primary-schools.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is known for its competitive edge and selectiveness when awarding applicants. While reviewing applications, the Fulbright Program looks for qualifications like impressive academic and personal records, language preparation for the host country the application has chosen, and other logistical qualifications required by each host country.

So why is the Fulbright Program so relevant to the Rollins community? Rollins is one of the top producers of Fulbright Scholars in the country and has been for the past six years. As of the 2014-2015 academic year, Rollins had produced a total of 57 scholars since 1951, 32 of which have been named since 2006 (Rollins 360). For the 2015-2016 year, Rollins produced six Fulbright Scholars, once again placing Rollins on the list of top Fulbright producers.

Along with the hard work of these students, recognition must be awarded to the Office of External and Competitive Scholarships, directed by Dr. Jay Shivamoggi. The tools provided to students by this office are not limited to Fulbright applications, but are also available for use with any application a student may need help completing for external scholarships. Other examples could be graduate school applications, tuition grants, and so forth. You can even contact them if you want to apply for scholarships, but are unsure as to where to start looking.

If you are considering applying for a Fulbright or any other scholarship this academic year, make sure to contact the Office of External and Competitive Scholarships. A little help can go a long way with competitive applications, and Rollins’ Fulbright recognition is a small example of the work that is done within this office. The Fulbright is an extremely prestigious award, recognized worldwide; not only does it provide the opportunity to conduct research of your own design that may be valuable in your future career, but it also allows for international opportunities, helping to foster a broader perspective on the world for students, offering them the chance to truly become global learners and leaders.

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