IPFW Student Receives Fullbright Scholarship
April 7, 2016
By: Katy Anderson, IPB News
Ft. Wayne – A student who graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has been has been awarded the highly competitive Fulbright Scholarship. WBOI’s Katy Anderson reports on what the award means for the student, and for the university.
On Wednesday IPFW announced that alumnus Alexander Allison received the scholarship for the upcoming academic year. Allison graduated in 2015 with a degree in history, and is currently teaching English in Barcelona, Spain.
Allison plans on using the scholarship to teach English in Colombia. This is the third time in eight years an IPFW student has received the award. James Toole is the director of IPFW’s Office of Major Scholarship Advising, and former Fulbright Scholar. He says the national recognition is becoming a common occurrence for the university.
“I think sometimes people don’t realize how much top-level academic work is going on here and so to have one of our students go on and do something truly exceptional reminds us that this kind of thing happens on a regular basis here,” said Toole.
Fulbright is an international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government that covers all expenses for an academic year abroad. According to the U.S. Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, roughly sixteen percent of applicants received the award this year.