GAMBIER, Ohio — The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has named Kenyon as a Fulbright Top Producing Institution for both U.S. Students and U.S. Scholars. This recognition is given to the U.S. colleges and universities that received the highest number of applicants selected for the 2022-23 Fulbright U.S. Student and Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programs. Eleven Kenyon students and recent graduates, as well as four faculty, were selected for Fulbright awards for academic year 2022-2023 (with three additional students selected as alternates). Kenyon is one of only 17 institutions across the country — including only five baccalaureate colleges — to be recognized as a top producer for both students and scholars, and Kenyon was first among all undergraduate institutions in producing scholars.
Fulbright is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is among the largest and most diverse exchange programs in the world. Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 participants from all backgrounds and fields — including recent university graduates, teachers, scientists, researchers, artists, and others, from the United States and over 160 other countries — have participated in the Fulbright Program. Fulbright alumni have returned to their home countries to make an impact on their communities thanks to their expanded worldview, a deep appreciation for their host country and its people, and a larger network of colleagues and friends.
“I’m proud of the students and faculty recognized by Fulbright over the past academic year, and am excited to celebrate more Fulbright winners as those selections are made this spring,” said Acting Provost Sheryl Hemkin. “The College’s repeated presence on the Fulbright Top Producers list speaks to the extraordinary success of Kenyon people as they seek to forge global connections between Gambier and the world.” Student Fulbright programs are supported at Kenyon through the Office of Academic Advising and Support and the Office of National Fellowships and Scholarships; faculty Fulbright Scholars are supported by the Office for Sponsored Faculty Projects.
“On behalf of President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken, congratulations to the colleges and universities recognized as 2022-2023 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions, and to all the applicants who were selected for the Fulbright Program this year,” said Lee Satterfield, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “Thanks to the visionary leadership of these institutions, administrators, and advisors, a new generation of Fulbrighters — changemakers, as I like to say — will catalyze lasting impact on their campus, in their communities, and around the world.”
The Fulbright Program was established over 75 years ago to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. While the primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, it benefits from additional support from foreign partner governments, non-governmental organizations, private organizations, corporate partnerships, and individual donors. Importantly, U.S. and foreign host institutions provide support as well.
Fulbright alumni work to make a positive impact on their communities, sectors, and the world and have included 41 heads of state or government, 62 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 78 MacArthur Fellows, and countless leaders and changemakers who carry forward the Fulbright mission of enhancing mutual understanding.