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IU among top producers of Fulbright U.S. Student Program for fifth year in a row


IU Fulbright scholar Megan Diekhoff stands in from of a mural. Diekhoff has an English teaching assistantship in Colombia through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. CORRECTION: A previous version of this photo misspelled Megan Diekhoff's name. The IDS regrets this error. Courtesy Photo

IU has been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright scholars for the fifth year in a row, according to a Feb. 11 IU press release.

Fourteen IU-Bloomington students and two IU-Purdue University Indianapolis students have been invited this year to participate in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, according to the release.

The program awards grants to U.S. scholars, teachers and faculty members to conduct research and to teach overseas, according to the program's website. The program is funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Fulbright grants generally cover travel and living expenses.

Former IU student and former vice president of IU Student Government Maggie Hopkins is now a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Giessen, Germany, and is also taking courses at Justus-Liebig University, according to the release.

"My job, in addition to being an English teacher, is also that of a cultural ambassador," Hopkins said in the release. "I view my job as diplomacy on a micro-level. For many of my students, I am the first American they have ever met."

IU President Michael McRobbie said in the release he is proud that IU continues to produce so many Fulbright scholars.

"These awards reflect the excellence of our students, faculty and programs, and our commitment to international engagement," he said in the release.

A full list of the IU-Bloomington and IUPUI Fulbright scholars this year is available here.

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