This year’s graduating class has some big shoes to fill. Last year, the class of 2009 brought in a total of nine Fulbright scholarships. Receiving so many prestigious grants meant that Scripps ranked nationally with the eighth-highest number of Fulbright recipients among liberal arts colleges, and 38th for all U.S. undergraduate colleges and universities. Scripps joins fellow Claremont Colleges Pomona and Pitzer on the ranking of impressive Fulbright achievement. Pomona came in first place among liberal art colleges, with 15 Fulbright scholarships, and Pitzer came in third place with 12 awards.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program gives graduating seniors across the country the financial support that will enable them to apply their academic and leadership skills to teaching positions in other countries. Fulbright recipients are encouraged to seek out opportunities that will increase their awareness of international issues and facilitate cultural exchange.
The application process for Fulbrights involves multiple deadlines for applications—both online and hard copies are due before the multiple-stage application review can begin. This doesn’t deter ambitious Scripps seniors from applying for the award, though. Every September, Scripps women scramble to compile essays, transcripts, resumes and letters of recommendation so they may be considered for a Fulbright.
Last week it was announced that 25 Scripps seniors are semi-finalists for the awards this year. After a grueling application and interview process, they must wait until early 2010 for the finalists to be announced.
Students will not know for certain whether their hard work has paid off until next year. Recipients of the award will be informed sometime between March and June of 2010.