Eight students and alumni from Western Washington University have received Fulbright Scholarships this spring, breaking the school’s previous record and likely making it one of the top master’s degree-granting institutions in the country with such a large number of Fulbright scholars.
In 2012, no master’s granting university in the nation had more than six Fulbright Fellowship award winners, the university said. The University of Washington, whose undergraduate enrollment is several times larger, has received word of 10 Fulbright winners so far.
Four of Western’s winners are majoring in, or majored in, German, underscoring Western’s strong German language program. Earlier this year, Western’s German program was honored as one of two schools in the country designated a German Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German.
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. government and allows students, scholars, professionals and teachers to travel abroad and undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.