With four students winning Fulbright awards last year, the Chronicle of Higher Education announced that Doane was in the top colleges in the U.S. for the Fulbright program.
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education website, Doane was recognized in the category of U.S. Institutions Producing the Most Fulbright Students by Type for the 2015-2016 year. It was categorized under a specialized institution.
According to the Fulbright Program, a Fulbright is a full scholarship for a student to travel to another country to either conduct research or teach English.
Doane received this award after a stand-out number of students last year won Fulbright scholarships to travel abroad and either teach English or conduct research. The students who won the scholarships were 2015 alums Lizzie Sather, Tyler Strobl, Krista Couton and Maggie Hubbell.
National Fellowships Adviser Kristen Hetrick said that it was important to show how Doane ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the U.S.
“It means that, among all of the institutions in the United States, in our school’s category who had students in line for a Fulbright,” Hetrick said, “we were one of the highest producers of Fulbrights in the country.”
Hetrick said that when looking at the chart, no one else really came close to Doane’s ratio of applicants to recipients of the scholarship.
Last year, Doane had nine applicants and four recipients.
Academic Affairs vice president John Burney said the success of the Fulbright program at Doane positively Doane’s image. He said it showed the academic standards to the larger community and could help in recruiting both students and faculty.
Looking at the names of the other colleges on the list, it showed how Doane compared to the top liberal arts colleges.
“When you look at the names of the colleges, these are the finest liberal arts colleges in the country,” Hetrick said. “These are the big names. They are highly competitive liberal arts colleges, and our little Doane is included among that list. It isn’t something that happens every day for Doane.”
Hetrick said that in the academic world, and the wider world in general, the colleges on the list are highly respected, so Doane needed to capitalize on being with them.
Burney said the recognition was not only a testament to the quality of the students, but it was also a testament to the commitment of a number of faculty.
“Like Relay For Life,” he said, “the success with Fulbrights is truly a community effort.”
Hetrick agreed, saying that the community effort showed students competing at a higher level of success.
“It’s really impressive for Doane,” Hetrick said. “It says something about our campus, the way we interact with students and the way we as faculty take an interest in these students and help them achieve these goals.”
Hetrick said she believed in the power of students learning internationally.
“Having the chance to go interact with another culture for a year and bring your culture to that country and bring that culture back here,” she said, “it’s a powerful experience. To do it through Fulbright, you can’t ask for better support. Just having that attached to your name - that’s something that goes with you the rest of your life.”