Hilbert College History Professor Joan Crouse attended a reception at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington, DC last weekend. The reception commemorated the 65th anniversary of the U.S./New Zealand Fulbright Scholars program. In 1988, Crouse served as a Fulbright Professor in the American Studies Department at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.
According to the Fulbright website:
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange
program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals. Approximately 310,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Program since its inception in 1946. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.