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Rights and Representation: Alumni with Disabilities Reflect on Fulbright’s Global Impact

The Fulbright experience has been life-changing for me. .. Fulbright changed my life. It opened my eyes .. It opened my heart and it opened my perception. Pedro Castillo García, […]

Fulbright Day: Latvia – August 6

On August 6, Latvia celebrated Fulbright Day with a social media campaign (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) that highlighted three alumni who have positively impacted U.S.-Latvia relations.

Fulbright Day: Argentina – August 25

On August 25th, Fulbright Argentina hosted a virtual live panel: “The Fulbright Experience: How Fulbright Changed My Life” to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program and to share the personal and professional accomplishments of Fulbright alumni.

Fulbright Day: Estonia – August 4

On August 4, Fulbright Estonia highlighted the strong partnership between the people of the United States and Estonia.

Making History, One Fulbrighter at a Time

Fulbrighters not only enrich their educations and advance their careers, they also make meaningful contributions abroad and at home, often in unexpected ways. Throughout the program’s 75-year history, Fulbrighters have borne witness to world-changing historical moments; in some cases, they have even made history themselves.

Lee Evans

At the 1968 Summer Olympic Games, after winning two gold medals and setting a world record, Lee Evans participated in one of the most famous displays of activism in Olympic history. On the medal podium, Evans donned a black beret and raised his fist in the Black Power salute.

Bay Fang

Over the course of her 20-plus year career as a journalist and diplomat, Bay Fang has never wavered in her belief in the importance of a free and independent press as an empowering force. Her experiences on the ground, including her 1995 Fulbright U.S. Student award to Hong Kong researching Asia-Pacific economic cooperation (APEC), positioned her on the front lines of the fight to protect free and independent media around the world.

Harrison “Jack” Schmitt

Dr. Harrison Schmitt was the first scientist on a U.S. spaceflight, and is one of only 12 people to set foot on the moon. As part of the Apollo 17 crew, Dr. Schmitt landed in the Moon’s Valley of Taurus-Littrow on December 11, 1972, and collected more than 240 pounds of lunar rock samples to bring back to Earth. His unique career as an astronaut, geologist, and U.S. senator was built upon the cornerstone of his Fulbright experience.

Zahi Hawass

Dr. Zahi Hawass is a witness to history. A renowned archaeologist, Egyptian government official, and public intellectual, Dr. Hawass received his Ph.D. in Egyptology in 1987 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned a master’s degree as a Fulbrighter, which Dr. Hawass believes “changed [his] life,” making him a good Egyptologist with a “vision for the future.”

Fulbright Day: Costa Rica – August 19

On August 19, the U.S. Embassy San José in Costa Rica celebrated the Fulbright Program’s anniversary with online features and an alumni association event.

Fulbright Day: Pakistan – August 14

The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) celebrates 75 years of the Fulbright Program and 70 years of the commission in 2021.

Fulbright Day: Lithuania – August 5

Lithuania joined countries around the world in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program with several events, both online and in-person.