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Bulldogs shine bright: Drake top Fulbright producer

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Fulbright Fellow Brittany Buchholz enjoys making new friends in Jordan.

Three students from Drake University won Fulbright awards in 2006-07 – putting Drake in third place among “top producing” master’s institutions in the nation.

The Fulbright Program recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2006-07 U.S. Fulbright Fellows. Drake was among the 14 master’s universities listed, tying for third place in the group based on the number of Fulbright Fellows.

Of the four Drake students who applied last year, three were selected. Jessica Ernst is teaching English in Thailand, Linda Knoll is studying multinational business practices in Mexico and Brittany Buchholz is exploring Islamic principles governing reproductive health and adoption in Jordan.

In addition, Bryan Parsons, AS’03, received a Fulbright Grant that’s enabling him to teach English as a Second Language in South Korea during the 2006-07 academic year.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program allows American students to study, conduct research and teach English in other nations. Full grants provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, full or partial tuition and health and accident coverage. The program awards a total of approximately 1,300 grants every year and has provided more than 273,000 grants since its inception in 1946. This academic year, 40 American students received a new supplemental Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award, through which they are studying to become fluent in languages deemed critical under the National Security Language Initiative.