Holy Cross Ranks Among Top Undergraduate Fulbright Scholarship Producers

Holy Cross campus scenic. Photo by Avanell Brock

The Chronicle of Higher Education

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the College of the Holy Cross ranks once again as one of the top undergraduate producers of Fulbright students during the 2019-2020 academic year. This year, Holy Cross students are spanning the globe, with positions in India, Taiwan, Germany, Belarus, and Ecuador.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is widely recognized as the most prestigious international exchange program in the world. The highly competitive grants are awarded on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

Each year approximately 1,900 grants are awarded through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which offers opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Since 1965, the College has produced a total of 156 Fulbright scholars, and has consistently been among the nation's top producers of Fulbright students at the undergraduate level according to data submitted by the Institute of International Education. At Holy Cross, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program application process is supported by the Office of Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies.

"Holy Cross is blessed to have very strong foreign language programs, as well as many committed faculty members who work hard to create a special learning environment for our students," said Anthony B. Cashman, director of Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies at the College. "As for our Fulbright alumni, they benefit immeasurably from their experiences, not only by learning more about the world and how they can effect change, but also about themselves."

Find some highlights from this year’s winners here.


William Griffin '19 in Germany (Major: German and international studies)

Claire MacMillan '19 in Germany (Major: chemistry)

Elisaveta Mavrodieva '19 in Belarus (Major: anthropology and studio art)

Kristina Washer '17 in Ecuador (Major: biology)

Amanda Wibben '19 in India (Major: biology)

Gregory Wood '18 in Taiwan (Major: political science and Asian studies)


For more information, go to chronicle.com.