Arkansas Senator John Boozman, who represents former Senator Fulbright’s state, had this to say about the program “Former Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright’s vision to connect people across the globe, build cross-cultural relationships and promote peace continues to be an influential diplomatic tool. Investing in higher education opportunities that advance international cooperation and a better understanding of different cultures breaks down barriers and sparks hope for a bright future.”
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States government to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The U.S. Senate established the Program in 1946, and it is administered by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). More than 390,000 Fulbrighters have participated in the Program since its inception more than seventy years ago. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 fellowships annually.