Lebanon Valley College a top producer of Fulbright U.S. students for third consecutive year

LVC has seven Fulbright semi-finalists this spring

Lebanon Valley College is one of the select U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Students. Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually.

Three students from Lebanon Valley College received Fulbright awards for the academic year 2018-2019. Katie Hockenbury ’18 (Wales), Audrey Reiley ’18 (Malaysia), and Kristy Sonberg ’18 (South Korea) joined LVC’s other three recent winners: Jasmine Olvany ’17 (Hungary), Megan Lough ’17 (Bulgaria), and Hannah Pell ’16 (Austria). Pell, pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon, was recently awarded a second Fulbright.

“We’re extremely proud of our students and look forward to learning about all they accomplish in their time abroad,” said Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty.”

Dr. Philip Benesch-LVC’s associate professor of politics, director of pre-law, and director of external scholarships & fellowships-mentors students through the highly competitive Fulbright application process.

“I’m absolutely delighted by our students’ success,” said Benesch. “The Fulbright U.S. student program is highly prestigious and competitive. The international experience and deep intercultural learning it cultivates will transform our recent graduates and enable them to perform as world-ready U.S. citizens.”

“We thank the colleges and universities across the United States that we are recognizing as Fulbright top producing institutions for their role in increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “We are proud of all the Fulbright students and scholars from these institutions who represent America abroad, increasing and sharing their skills and knowledge on a global stage.”

Visit here to learn more about LVC’s Fulbright awardees or contact Dr. Benesch at benesch@lvc.edu.

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