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Four Bowdoin Students Win 2004-05 Fulbright Awards

Story posted November 08, 2004

Four Bowdoin College students won Fulbright awards for 2004-05, an achievement that earned the College a ranking among "Top Producers of Fulbright Awards for Students" in the October 22 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Samantha C. Altschuler '04, Mark P. Drauschke '04, Aaron S. Hess '04, and Hannah C. Tucker '04 each received a Fulbright Teaching Award. Altschuler, Drauschke and Tucker are teaching English as a foreign language in Germany, while Hess is teaching English as a foreign language in South Korea.

"Bowdoin has an incredible tradition of encouraging our highly motivated students to apply for the Fulbright and we're delighted to see them receive the recognition they deserve," said Professor Steven Cerf, chair of Bowdoin's German department. In the past 14 years, students from the German department have received 43 Fulbrights to both Germany and Austria.

Fulbright fellowships provide funding for study or teaching abroad for one year to promote cross-cultural interaction and increase mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis between people of the U.S. and other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

The official list of U.S. student Fulbright grantees was released October 15 by Secretary of State Colin Powell. In his statement Secretary Powell said, "As Fulbrighters, these Americans have important responsibilities. First and foremost, they engage in serious academic study or research abroad. In addition, they will immerse themselves in learning about their new host country and will have opportunities to share their perspectives on the United States with their hosts."

A total of 1,099 grants were awarded for the 2004-05 academic year. The Fulbrighters represent 104 fields of study and will be working in over 110 different countries around the world. In addition, some 2,200 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, carry out research and lecture at U.S. universities, colleges and secondary schools.

For more on Bowdoin students' success with Fulbrights and other fellowships, read the November 5 Bowdoin Orient article here.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 290,000 participants worldwide with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. In the past 56 years, 100,000 students from the United States have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

For more on the Fulbright program visit

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