UofL announces 12 Fulbright winners


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville today announced 12 winners of the Fulbright award, setting a new record for Kentucky and placing the university among the top Fulbright-producing institutions in the nation.

    The number is expected to grow as seven more finalists are waiting to learn if they have won the award.

    The Fulbright Student Program, funded by the U. S. Department of State, is a prestigious international educational exchange program that includes partnerships with more than 155 countries. Winners are chosen for their academic merit, ability to serve as cultural ambassadors and leadership potential. Fulbright winners will study, conduct research or teach abroad for one year.

    “UofL continues to lead the state in Fulbright winners,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “It’s a testament to our outstanding academic programs and demonstrates that UofL is successful in attracting academically gifted students and helping them reach their highest potential.”

    UofL launched a program in 2000 to help students win prominent competitive scholarships. The program is primarily funded by the Board of Overseers and assists hundreds of students each year. Since the program began, the university has had 44 Fulbright Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar and dozens of winners of other prestigious awards such as the Truman Scholarship, U.S. Department of State Boren and Critical Language Scholarships, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and more.

    Here are the 2010 Fulbright recipients to date:

    Cindy Hess
    Cindy Hess has more than 30 years of experience in communications, marketing and investor relations, including more than a decade at UofL. She is "sort of" retired but happy to come back to the Office of Communications and Marketing to help with special projects and assignments.