Nine Penn Students and Five Alumni Awarded Fulbright International Exchange Educational Scholarships

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Media Contact:Jacqueline Posey | | 215-898-6460August 11, 2010

Nine University of Pennsylvania students and five Penn alumni have been awarded scholarships to participate in Fulbright international educational exchange program.  More than 1,500 U.S. citizens will travel abroad for one year of foreign study in one of 155 foreign countries, sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The Fulbright Program is designed to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  Grant recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. 

Penn’s Fulbright recipients and the countries to which they will travel for graduate studies are Sherri Cohen, Turkey; Ruth Erickson, France; Rebecca Hood,  Mexico; Jonathan Howard, Brazil; Cameron Hu, Egypt; Rebecca Kantor, Estonia; Esther Kim, South Korea; Julia Luscombe, Ecuador; Daniella Mak, Portugal; Julia Perratore,  Spain; Michael Poll, Poland; Michael Wojcik, Germany; Monisha Chakravarthy, India; and Kara Gaston, Italy.

The Fulbright Program is funded primarily though an annual congressional appropriation to the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is available at