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Four Scranton Graduates Earn Fulbright Scholarships

Four Scranton Graduates Earn Fulbright Scholarships
Four Scranton graduates are selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2014-2015 academic year, including three members of its Class of 2014. From left, are Matthew Tibbitts, Olivia Salama and Emmanuel Akpan Jr., and Susan Trussler, Ph.D., Fulbright Program adviser and associate professor of economics/finance at the University.
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Marc Andris Vallone ’10, received a Fulbright for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Sustaining a tradition of success at the University, four graduates have been selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2014-2015 academic year.

University of Scranton graduates earning Fulbrights are: Emmanuel Akpan Jr. ’14, Flanders, New Jersey, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Cyprus; Olivia Salama ’14, Bayonne, New Jersey, Fulbright Scholarship in Law to Finland; Matthew Tibbitts ’14, West Hartford, Connecticut, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia; and Marc Andris Vallone ’10, Collingswood, New Jersey, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s premier scholarship program for overseas graduate study, research and teaching. For nine consecutive years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has listed the University among the “top producers” of Fulbright awards for American students. Since 1972, a total of 148 students who applied through the University have been awarded grants in the competitions administered by the Institute of International Education, including Fulbrights.

“These exceptional graduates will immerse themselves in local communities in their host countries, continuing their remarkable records of volunteering with human development and health care organizations, after-school programs and student clubs,” said Susan Trussler, Ph.D., Fulbright Program adviser and associate professor of economics/finance.

This year approximately 1,500 Fulbright Scholarships were awarded, according to the Institute of International Education. The recipients were selected from a pool of more than 10,000 applicants.

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