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Whitworth University Named Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Students

February 12, 2020
Whitworth University is honored to once again be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2019-20 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 list annually.

Three Whitworth alumnae received Fulbright awards for academic year 2019-20. Dorothy Wang ’19, Cheyenne Scherf ’19 and Hailey Kirsch ’18 were recipients of the English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) award.

Wang, who was a double major in chemistry and biology with a minor in music, is teaching in Taiwan. Scherf double majored in cross-cultural studies (history emphasis) and Spanish and is in Germany. Kirsch, who was a cross-cultural studies major (political science emphasis), is now teaching in Nepal.

“It is thanks to Whitworth University’s efforts to support and encourage Fulbright applicants – and to the talents and hard work of our tremendous applicants – that we have once again been honored as a top producing Fulbright institution,” says Megan Hershey, associate professor of political science and Fulbright Program advisor. “Our applicants are dedicated to promoting peace, understanding and collaboration across cultures, and we are proud that they have the opportunity to live out this mission as Fulbrighters.”

“We are delighted to see that the colleges and universities we are honoring as 2019-2020 Fulbright top producing institutions reflect the geographic and institutional diversity of higher education in the United States,” says Marie Royce, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs. “We are committed to the Fulbright Program’s goals of creating lasting professional and personal connections by sending passionate and accomplished U.S. students of all backgrounds to study, research or teach English in communities throughout the world.”

The Fulbright Program was created to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over 2,200 U.S. students and over 900 U.S. college and university faculty members and administrators are awarded Fulbright grants annually. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Megan Hershey, associate professor of political science and Fulbright Program advisor, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4951 or

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or