LVC Recognized as a “Top Producing Institution” of Fulbright U.S. Students for the Fourth Time

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The College has had 14 Fulbright Finalists in the past seven years.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today that Lebanon Valley College was designated as a “Top Producing Institution” of Fulbright U.S. Students for 2023-2024. It is the College’s fourth such distinction in eight years. Three students and alumni were selected for Fulbright Awards for the academic year 2022-2023, and five advanced as Fulbright Semi-Finalists for 2024-2025.

This achievement is a testament to LVC’s deep commitment to international exchange and to building lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international academic exchange program. It is funded through an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress and the Department of State. The program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

“Lebanon Valley College’s designation as a Fulbright Top Producing Institution clearly demonstrates your dedication to promoting global engagement and mutual understanding among the peoples and nations of the world,” wrote Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State.

“This recognition highlights the academic excellence of our students, their commitment to improving the world, and going further than they thought possible,” said Dr. James M. MacLaren, LVC president. “It emphasizes the passion our faculty have to help their students grow academically, socially, and professionally. Thank you to Dr. Philip Benesch, Director of Pre-Law and External Scholarships and Fellowships, for his steadfast dedication to helping our students be recognized by prestigious national and international organizations like the Fulbright Program.”

The Fulbright competition is administered at Lebanon Valley College by Dr. Philip Benesch, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Pre-Law and External Scholarships & Fellowships. Students interested in applying to the Fulbright Program or any other national or international scholarships or fellowships can contact Dr. Benesch at


About the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright program is the flagship international academic exchange program sponsored by the United States Government. Fulbright was founded in 1946 with an ambitious goal—to increase mutual understanding and support friendly and peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Led by the U.S. Government in partnership with more than 160 countries worldwide, Fulbright offers and expansive suite of life-changing international academic and cultural exchange opportunities. Learn more about the Fulbright’s administration, funding, policies, and history.

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