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October 3, 2016
Taylor Zehren '16, a biology and Spanish double major, was offered and accepted a Fulbright Scholarship to Argentina. Zehren, who was an alternate for the scholarship, will be the first UP Fulbright recipient for that country. This brings the University’s total number of student Fulbright grants to six for 2016. Of the eight offers awarded, one declined in order to accept an Austrian Government teaching award, and another UP winner will not be able to participate after the U.S. State Department canceled all Fulbrights to Turkey after that country’s failed coup earlier in 2016.
The 2016 Fulbright finalists included Caroline Harpster ’16 (Germany), Kristen Jakstis ’16 (Germany), Erin Nishijima ’16 (South Korea), Jonathan Squires ’13 (South Korea), Katherine Lord ’16 (Malaysia), Josefina Duran-Martinez ’16 (Mexico), Emily Dovel ’16 (Turkey), and now Zehren.
The University of Portland continues to be one of the top producers of Fulbright awards in the nation among master’s level institutions, according to a study released by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The University is among only 14 institutions in the country with the highest number of both students and faculty to receive U.S. Fulbright grants for 2015-2016.
University of Portland was also ranked fourth nationally among its peers for Fulbright recipients in 2015-16, first nationally in 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2007-08, and second nationally in 2009-10, 2008-09 and 2006-07. From 2001-2015, the University of Portland has had 52 Fulbright grant recipients.
The United States Fulbright program began in 1946 after World War II to "assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States and other countries of the world" through the exchange of students, scholars and professionals. The program operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.