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Florida college bests Harvard, Yale in Fulbrights

Six students at New College of Florida, a public liberal arts college in Sarasota, have been named Fulbright scholars for 2010-11, according to a release.

Per capita, the 800-student college has produced more Fulbright scholars in some recent years than Harvard, Yale or Stanford.

The Fulbright program, sponsored by the State Department, is the largest U.S. international exchange study and research program for students and faculty.

Among the recipients at New College: Alice Abernathy of Naples, Fla., who will conduct biochemistry research in Spain; Mary Barnes of Houston, a cultural anthropology major who will tutor students in Indonesia; and Corianne Etheredge of Beaverton, Ore., who will teach in an elementary school in South Korea.

Fulbright scholarships go to about 1,500 students a year. They're awarded to graduating seniors and grad students.

I don't recall seeing any news of local Fulbright winners this spring, although a quick search reveals at least one recent announcement: three seniors at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Meredith Freeman of St. Louis, Ben Goetsch of Timonium, Md. and Matthew Pagano of Zionsville, Ind., have been awarded Fulbrights.

If I hear more Fulbright news in coming weeks, I'll publish an updated list.

A comprehensive list published last year by the Chronicle of Higher Education shows that Northwestern University produced the most Fulbright students in 2009-10 among research institutions, with 32; George Washington University was not far behind, with 23. No other D.C.-area university made the list.

One master's-level institution, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, ranked high among master's universities, with two Fulbrights.

Pomona College led bachelor's institutions in Fulbright students last year, with 15. (New College had eight.) The University of Richmond produced six. St. Mary's College of Maryland -- a public liberal arts school, like New College -- had three.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  June 2, 2010; 3:25 PM ET
Categories:  Pedagogy , Research , Service , Students  | Tags: Fulbright scholars, New College Florida, fulbright students, top fulbright schools  
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Congratulations to New College of Florida, an outstanding liberal arts school. However, few schools can top Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. A 1000-student college, Pitzer has been awarded an astonishing 23 Fulbright Fellowships this year -

Posted by: leadhall | June 3, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

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