Fulbright Awards to Finland and Sweden

The U.S. Department of State has named NEC a top producing institution for Fulbright U.S. students. Recent graduates Mona Sangesland and Elise Kolle are pursuing Fulbright studies in Finland and Sweden.

Mona Sangesland
Mona Sangesland ’17 MM, ’18 GD is pursuing studies in Finland with her Fulbright award

New England Conservatory is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Students.

Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually.

Two NEC alumni received Fulbright awards for academic year 2018-2019:
  • Flutist Mona Sangesland ’17 MM, ’18 GD is in Finland pursuing studies at Sibelius Academy and the University of Helsinki, focusing on understanding and overcoming musicians’ injuries.
  • Harpist Elise Kolle ’18 is in Sweden studying historical harps at the Nydahl Collection, a museum housing over 500 musical instruments from around Europe.
The Fulbright competition is administered at NEC by Fulbright Program Advisor Suzanne Hegland with assistance from the Entrepreneurial Musicianship department, who provide a full range of support for all applicants, including one-on-one advising to develop project ideas, craft compelling personal statements and write focused grant proposals.


Elise Kolle
Elise Kolle ’18's Fulbright has taken her to Sweden to study historical harps

“We thank the colleges and universities across the United States that we are recognizing as Fulbright top producing institutions for their role in increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,”

said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.


“We are proud of all the Fulbright students and scholars from these institutions who represent America abroad, increasing and sharing their skills and knowledge on a global stage.”