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Top Producer

Written by Mike Thee

November 4, 2013

the fountain at the Quad with Fall trees in the background

Claiming four Fulbright Scholars for 2013-2014, Seattle University is a national leader among master’s institutions.

Seattle University is one of the top producers of Fulbright Scholars in the country, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on Oct. 28. SU's four Fulbright Scholars for 2013-2014 is the fifth highest total among master's institutions. SU is tied with the University of Scranton as the top producer among Jesuit master's schools.

SU has now been highlighted as a top Fulbright producer in The Chronicle five times in the past decade. This year's total of four scholars matches last year's for the highest number of SU students who have received Fulbright awards in a single year.

"Our students work hard over six months to prepare their Fulbright application essays and materials," said Serena Cosgrove, SU's Fulbright faculty adviser and assistant professor in Matteo Ricci College. "It inspires me to see such dedication and intention."

"It continues to be one of the great honors of my life to work with the young women and men who, year after year, help put Seattle University in such elite company," said Luke Green, director of the Office of Fellowships. "No doubt, our university's educational resources provide them with the knowledge and experiences that ease their journey to such achievements, but it is their talent, intelligence, creativity and motivation that have brought us this recognition."

The university's 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholars are:

  •  Andrew Battaglia (philosophy/English literature major, '13), who is in Germany, working in the equivalent of a junior high or high school. He plans to attend graduate school in philosophy, Germanics, English literature or comparative literature.
  •  Conor Michael Fitzpatrick (history major/German minor, '13), who is assisting in the English language instruction of German students and hopes to work as a history intern in a museum. After Fulbright he intends to pursue a master's degree in education and teach history to high school students.
  •  Olivia Gibbons (Spanish and international studies major, '13), who is facilitating classes in English and American cultural perspectives at a university in Mexico. She has also received the Root-Tilden-Kern Public Service Scholarship to attend New York University School of Law.
  •  Sophia Sanders (Humanities for Teaching major and a specialization in international economic development, '11), who is teaching English, coaching debate and working with community-based organizations in Kenya.

This year's scholars bring to 32 the total number of SU students/graduates who have received Fulbright Scholarships. Nineteen, or nearly two-thirds of these awards have come in the past decade.

Click here for more information, including this year's list of top producers.