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Northwestern a Top Fulbright Scholar Producer for Fifth Year

School has six scholars heading to the Middle East



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    Of all the schools with students receiving Fulbright Scholarships this year, Northwestern University is among the top 10 producers.

    It's the fifth straight year for the university.

    "This year we have six scholars going to the Middle East, a placement that is very hard to get," said Sara Vaux, director of the Office of Fellowships at Northwestern. "This success showcases the growth and impact of the University’s Asian and Middle East Studies Program and Arabic language classes and our students’ interest in learning more about this part of the world."

    The recipients of grants in this year's Fulbright Scholar Program were announced last month.  Roughly 800 students received grants to lecture, consult and conduct research abroad.

    Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University rounded out the top three institutions.  The top destinations for scholars include China, Germany, Russia and Canada.

    For journalist Lauren E. Bohn, now studying Arabic in Egypt, this is her first visit to the Middle East. Her five-month language study is under a Critical Language Enhancement Award, an additional grant for Fulbright recipients administered by the U.S. State Department. Bohn will begin her Fulbright in January, taking classes in Middle East studies at the American University in Cairo and freelance reporting.

    “It’s my hope that my Fulbright experience will enhance my capacity to talk to the public about the Middle East -- that it will serve as a springboard for journalism that broadens and deepens the public dialogue,” said Bohn, who graduated in June with a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism.

    The full list of Northwestern's Fulbright recipients is posted on