Six college students or faculty members from Greater Cincinnati have been named Fulbright Program recipients.

The Fulbright awards, sponsored by the U. S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, are competitive grants that give recipients the chance to teach, study or conduct research in other countries.

Recipients are chosen based on their academic merit and leadership potential. The Fulbright Program awards around 7,500 new grants annually and operates in 155 countries, according to its website. Sen. Sherrod Brown released the names of the local recipients on Wednesday.

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