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Record Year for HWS Fulbrights

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been named among the nation’s top colleges and universities with the most recipients of U.S. Fulbright Student Awards. Known for its highly competitive field of applicants, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

Seven members of the HWS Classes of 2015 earned a prestigious 2015-2016 Fulbright award – a record for a single year at the Colleges. The recipients are Cydney Chibnall ’15 (France), Katherine Cornell ’15 (India), Jeanine Cryan ’15 (Greece), Georgia Decker ’15 (Malaysia), Kathryn DePietro ’15 (Brazil), Jordyn Dezago ’15 (Ecuador) and Christopher Troy ’15 (Argentina).

“Hobart and William Smith Colleges are very proud of the significant achievements of our Fulbright recipients,” says Provost and Dean of Faculty Titilayo Ufomata, who received a 2015 Fulbright International Education Administrator (IEA) Seminar Award to France. “The Colleges’ inclusion as a top-producing Fulbright institution further illuminates the strength of an HWS education, the robust opportunities for international study and engagement, and our focus on preparing students to lead lives of consequence. The HWS Fulbright recipients have earned one of the top international honors and their outstanding merit is part of an enduring tradition of academic excellence at HWS.”

The 2015-2016 “Top Producer” announcement was made by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and has been highlighted in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Among bachelor’s institutions, Hobart and William Smith were named alongside colleges such as Bowdoin College, Smith College, Middlebury College, Ponoma College and Williams College. With seven Fulbright recipients, the Colleges are tied for the No. 13 spot nationally.

In 2013, the Colleges were also named to the “Top Producer” list, with Fulbrights granted to Silene Binkerd-Dale ’12 (Germany), Tatianna Echevarria ’13 (Vietnam), Molly Krifka ’13 (Peru) and Katherine Marino ’13 (Argentina).

This national recognition follows other recent accolades such as Princeton Review’s 2016 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck, which recognized the Colleges as one of the nation’s top colleges and universities for delivering the best in education, affordability, career preparation and outcomes.

In addition, Hobart and William Smith were recently named in Princeton Review’s Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom as one of the nation’s 50 best colleges and universities for providing students with outstanding outcomes.

Last year, the Colleges were ranked No. 16 in Money magazine’s list of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges, measured by graduation rates, student loan defaults and post-grad earnings. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Colleges were recognized nationally as one of only four institutions named as finalists for the President’s Award for Education Community Service in an Honor Roll of nearly 800 colleges and universities. Over the past 14 years, the Colleges have advanced 15 spots in U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best “National Liberal Arts Colleges.”

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants-chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More than 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 various fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in more than 140 countries throughout the world. The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. scholars, teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas.

The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the United States Congress to the Department of State. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit:

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