Truman Students Named Fulbright Scholars

Five Truman students have been selected for intercultural experiences abroad for the 2011-2012 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

All five of Truman’s Fulbright recipients will teach English in schools or universities. Students and the countries for which they received grants include: Kari Basquette, Russia; Luke Icenogle, South Korea; Julia Curran, France; Jennifer Wilborn, South Korea; and Ashley Ward, Spain.

Last year, Truman was recognized as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students for 2010-2011 in “The Chronicle of Higher Education.” The University tied for second nationally among master’s institutions, with a total of four Fulbright students. Eleven Truman students have applied to the program for next year. The deadline to apply for a 2013-2014 Fulbright grant is Sept. 18, 2012. Interested students should contact Maria C. Di Stefano at

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

This year, more than 1,600 U.S. citizens will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. More information about the program is available at