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. During the 75th Anniversary year, we featured 48 notable Fulbrighters who have made an impact on the world. Read their stories below.
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.
As an HBCU scholarship recipient at Dillard University in New Orleans and as the first African American president of an Ivy League university, Dr. Ruth J. Simmons’ educational journey has been long and varied. The common thread in a career of many firsts? A life-long passion for cross-cultural understanding and showcasing Black excellence in academia.
An influential and prolific scholar of African American history, Dr. John Hope Franklin expanded the American consciousness, blazed a trail for scholars of color, and championed international education. His participation in and support of the Fulbright Program as a U.S. Scholar and Chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board benefitted local and global communities, one connection at a time.
How do you build and maintain community in digital spaces? It’s a question Jonathan Rabb has asked and answered throughout his career as a journalist, television host, researcher, and CEO. Read more about Jonathan’s work and how his Fulbright experience helped him forge his path.
Often referred to as a “social innovation champion,” Dr. Diana Wells has used her many international experiences to positively impact under-resourced communities by fostering social entrepreneurship and changemaking. “Fulbright certainly did have an impact on my career and trajectory.”
Her Excellency Dame Ivy Dumont’s passion for learning and forging connections is evident in her service to the people of the Bahamas, and in her own personal journey as a wife, mother, teacher, public servant, Fulbright alumna, author, and the first woman to serve as Governor-General of the Bahamas. Genuine leadership, in her words, is “an attitude of the heart.”
Fulbright produces leaders who strive to make a positive impact on their communities. In some cases, Fulbright alumni like Rishi Sunak lead through public service with the goal of finding solutions to complex challenges at the local, national, and international level.
Amar Bose is a Fulbright alumnus and a household name. Like so many Fulbrighters, he used his intellect, observations, and understanding of what brings people together to make advances which improve the lives and the listening experience of people across the globe.
When asked to describe her Fulbright experience in one word, Jenné Nurse unequivocally replies: “transformational.” Today, Nurse is a champion of education and equity for all Virginia students.