Monday, November 26, 2007

Pitzer, Pomona Lead in Fulbrights?

So hell has frozen over. Witness the frost here.

Pitzer got more Fulbright Awards (15 awards out of 49 applicants) than did Pomona (11 out of ) in the 2006-2007. They were second and third to Smith College.

Claremont McKenna College did not place on the list. Why not? Why have we produced no Fulbrights this year?

Apologies for not posting. I had a visitor...


tina said...

Well, if you take a look at the fields that these Fulbright winners major in, they're not CMC's strengths.

From checking out this link (,
clearly "Teaching English As A Foreign Language" trumps things such as international development, economics (yes, I'm pronouncing it right), political science, or public policy. Many of the awards go to more liberal arts-y subjects than the fields CMC is known for.

Perhaps there is an agenda behind the awarding of Fulbrights, seeing as it's run by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. After all, the program was created to send cultural ambassadors into the world to study, but perhaps they're turning it more into an international appeasement program by selecting rather PC proposals. I'd have to check their proposals themselves, but the majority of the fields do seem to be "let's have a rainbow of children hold hands around a globe"-oriented.

Man, don't let that visitor prevent you from blogging ;-)

Jonathan R. said...

CMC has had years in the past with huge numbers of fulbrights, blowing Pomona nad Pitzer out of the water a couple years back in 2004 or 2005, but i dont think CMC has had as many in 06 or 07. econ and gov majors just dont do fulbrights as much. We are however one of only a few schools (see wikipedia on CMC) that is a Luce scholar nominator (a very cool Asia program for those with little knowledge of Asia prior to going) and I know David Gilbert '05 did both a Fulbright to Ecuador and Luce currently in Indonesia. So we've got people. However, I think some other schools may have a full time coordinator to help students apply for all scholarships but especially including fulbrights, while CMC has a little bit of prof guidance but not too much.
Look at our strengths though (aside from Mr. Gilbert, we get a Truman about every other year, some Udalls, lots of Teach for America, and a few fulbrights all the time, plus others)