Five Lebanon Valley College students have been selected as semi-finalists for the prestigious Fulbright Program, which offers international educational exchange opportunities for highly motivated students.

The students were chosen from a pool of applicants from around the world, with 71% of LVC’s seven applicants advancing to the final stage of consideration, the college said in a statement. The students hope to add to the 17 LVC students and alumni named Fulbright finalists in the past eight years.

Lebanon Valley College has been recognized as a Fulbright Top Producing Institution in four of the past seven years and will learn on Feb. 13 if it will receive the honor for a fifth time.

During their grants, Fulbright recipients will meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences, according to a release from the college. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.

Two of the five LVC Fulbright semi-finalists for 2024-25 applied for awards leading to a master’s degree in the United Kingdom, one of whom hopes to study wild animal biology while another hopes to study analytical and polymer science. An applicant for a master’s program in Taiwan intends to focus on international human resource development. The final two applicants plan to conduct research on immigration in Czechia and work as an English teaching assistant in Slovakia.

Combined, the five students represent LVC’s ACS Chemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Global Studies, International Business, Marketing, Political Science, and Social Justice & Civic Engagement majors, and one holds a French concentration.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in partnership with more than 140 countries worldwide, under guidelines established by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

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