Fulbright Alumni: Lasting Legacies

More than 400,000 people from all backgrounds — recent graduates, teachers, scientists and researchers, musicians, artists, and more — have embarked on Fulbright experiences and come away with enhanced skills, new connections, and greater global understanding. Each month of the 75th Anniversary year will feature notable Fulbrighters who have made an impact on the world. Read their stories below.

William Tan

For Dr. William Tan, any challenge represents an opportunity, not an obstacle. A physician, record-breaking Paralympian, author, motivational speaker, and cancer survivor, his extraordinary life is a testament to the power of perseverance and helping others.

Muhammad Yunus

Dr. Muhammad Yunus’ lifelong dedication to empowering the world’s poor made him one of his generation’s most celebrated economists and the recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize (jointly awarded with Grameen Bank).

Na Eng

Na Eng’s passion for telling stories has taken her on a remarkable journey around the world as a news and documentary producer and back home to Minnesota, where she is now the Communications Director at the McKnight Foundation, a major philanthropic organization.

Jennifer Lee

What does it mean to be Asian American? Dr. Jennifer Lee, an award-winning author, researcher, and lecturer, has dedicated her life to addressing this question, and works to promote opportunity for all in the Asian diaspora.

Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson

As an Icelander, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resource Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson sees the impact of climate change up close: Iceland’s glaciers are rapidly retreating and studies suggest that in two centuries there may be no ice left in Iceland.

Andrea Dutton

In her own opinion, Dr. Andrea Dutton is less of a scientist and more of an “earth detective.” As an undergraduate music major at Amherst College in 1991, she could never have imagined herself, 30 years later, as a renowned sea level and climate change expert, and the recipient of back-to-back Fulbright U.S. Scholar and MacArthur Foundation Fellowship awards.

Lillygol “Lilly” Sedaghat

When you hear “one man’s trash,” you probably think of finding treasures at yard sales and thrift shops, items left on the stoop for passersby to take home. You may not think of the tons of actual waste dumped daily into landfills across the planet – but storyteller and environmentalist Lilly Sedaghat does.

Kathryn S. Fuller

From exploring the woods as a child, to conducting field work on Caribbean coral reef crustaceans, Kathryn Fuller’s passion has helped shape conservation efforts around the world.

Jaime Saavedra

Leading efforts by the largest financier of education in more than 80 developing countries, Dr. Jaime Saavedra’s global perspective, forged by Fulbright, has shaped his life’s work: to use education to fight poverty and inequality worldwide.

Hanna Holborn Gray

A celebrated historian of political and historical thought, as well as a savvy administrator, Dr. Hanna Holborn Gray championed academic excellence and inclusion in some of the United States’ premier academic institutions.