Claremont McKenna among top Fulbright producers

Fulbright scholars 2014

Above, pictured from left to right: Taryn Akiyama (2014), English Teaching Grant, Turkey; Chloe Hauenstein (2014), Research Grant, India; Laila Heid (2014), English Teaching Grant, Brazil; Minger Bropleh (2014), Research Grant, South Korea; Grant Gaither (2014), English Teaching Grant, Spain; and Monica Cason (2014), English Teaching Grant, Poland. Not pictured: Emmy Mildenberg, English Teaching Grant, South Korea, and Ian McGinnity (2011), Research Grant, Armenia.


Eight alumni have received prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants recently, making Claremont McKenna among the nation’s top producers of Fulbright recipients in this category.

In fact, CMC has been a top producer for eight of the last 10 years, consistently putting it in the top 20 among 4-year colleges nationally.

"… CMC students … receive strong support that connects them to opportunities throughout their undergraduate experience here,” says Kim Babon, the assistant director for fellowships in the Center for Global Education. “The international expertise of the faculty, knowledgeable staff, global internship opportunities, as well as students’ own curiosity and initiative, positions our students to successfully earn valuable, competitive and prestigious awards such as Fulbright grants.”

Established by Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Scholarship Program has given recipients the opportunity to make significant contributions to various countries, as well as the United States, by creating long-lasting connections among nations. Recipients’ destinations span the globe—from teaching grants in Turkey, Brazil, Spain, and Poland to research grants in India, South Korea, and Armenia. Recipients will teach English as a second language or conduct important research while deeply immersing themselves in their host countries.

Some of the research projects CMC recipients are pursuing this year include:

Chloe Hauenstein ’14: “Examining the relationship between waste pickers in New Delhi, India and achievement of the country’s environmental and economic goals.”

Minger Bropleh ’14: “Evaluating outcomes from the 2008 Multicultural Families Act in Korea on children born in mixed Asian households.”

Ian McGinnity ’11: “Identifying the impact of energy efficiency and sustainability outreach efforts in Armenia.”



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