On Wednesday IPFW announced Alexander Allison was awarded the highly competitve Fulbright 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 here on a regular basis," Toole says.
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.