LVC a Top Fulbright Producer—Again!

Katie Hockenbury '18

Lebanon Valley College is one of the select U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018–2019 Fulbright U.S. Students. Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually.

Three students from Lebanon Valley College received Fulbright awards for the academic year 2018–2019. Katie Hockenbury ’18 (Wales), Audrey Reiley ’18 (Malaysia), and Kristy Sonberg ’18 (South Korea) joined LVC’s other three recent winners: Jasmine Olvany ’17 (Hungary), Megan Lough ’17 (Bulgaria), and Hannah Pell ’16 (Austria).

“We’re extremely proud of our students and look forward to learning about all they accomplish in their time abroad,” said Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty.”

Dr. Philip Benesch—LVC’s associate professor of politics, director of pre-law, and director of external scholarships & fellowships—mentors students through the highly competitive Fulbright application process.

“I’m absolutely delighted by our students’ success,” said Benesch. “The Fulbright U.S. student program is highly prestigious and competitive. The international experience and deep intercultural learning it cultivates will transform our recent graduates and enable them to perform as world-ready U.S. citizens.”

“We thank the colleges and universities across the United States that we are recognizing as Fulbright top producing institutions for their role in increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “We are proud of all the Fulbright students and scholars from these institutions who represent America abroad, increasing and sharing their skills and knowledge on a global stage.”

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About The Fulbright Program

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 390,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,900 U.S. students, artists, and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research abroad each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 140 countries throughout the world.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. scholars, teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research and teach foreign languages. Learn more about the Fulbright Program.