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Record Number of Waves Earn Fulbright Scholarships

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fulbright scholars Every year at Pepperdine University, a committee of faculty advisors and a team of administrative staff assist a new crop of Fulbright hopefuls, a process that yields ever-greater success. Of this year's 18 student applicants, nine became finalists, ultimately producing a new record for Pepperdine University: seven recent graduates have joined the elite rank of Fulbright Scholars, one of the most prestigious scholarly awards worldwide.

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. As Fulbright himself put it, "The Fulbright Commission aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship."

This year’s awardees will be using their Fulbright awards to travel all over the globe to embark on a diverse array of experiences ranging from microfinance review to molecular biology.