J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Discusses New Initiatives, Alumni Experiences, and the Impact of the Fulbright Program on Local Communities.

September 14, 2017

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Alumni Ambassador Allie D. Surina (China, 2012-2013) shares her story with members of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board during their quarterly meeting on September 14, 2017.

276th Meeting: J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Discusses New Initiatives, Alumni Experiences, and the Impact of the Fulbright Program on Local Communities.

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board convened September 14 at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. for its 276th quarterly meeting.

The Board was pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Annual Report (http://bit.ly/2wflSAF), which highlights the Fulbright Program’s worldwide impact and innovation, alumni achievements, outreach efforts, and program statistics. The 2016 edition showcases distinguished Fulbright Program alumni and the impact of the Fulbright Program on local communities in the United States and around the world.

Alyson Grunder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), gave a warm welcome to the members of the Board, followed by discussions of exciting new initiatives and ways to strengthen collaboration among the program’s stakeholders.

Three distinguished Fulbright U.S. Student Program Alumni Ambassadors -- Jonathan Rabb (Germany, 2012-2013), Allie D. Surina (China, 2012-2013), and Chane Corp (Tajikistan, 2014-2015) -- shared their stories with the Board, including how Fulbright has helped advance their professional goals and the contributions they continue to make to their local communities as a result of the Fulbright effect.

From Left: Marianne Craven, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; Chane Corp, Fulbright U.S. Student Alumni Ambassador (Tajikistan, 2014-2015); Jonathan Rabb, Fulbright U.S. Student Alumni Ambassador (Germany, 2012-2013); Allie D. Surina, Fulbright U.S. Student Alumni Ambassador (China, 2012-2013); Jeffrey Bleich, Board Chair; Dr. Markos Kounalakis, Board Member; Christopher Fonzone, Board Member; Sam Brown, Board Member; Kristie Canegallo, Board Member.

Another highlight included a visit from representatives of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas, named for the former University President and Senator J. William Fulbright.

Fulbright U.S. Student Alumni Ambassador Jonathan Rabb (Germany, 2012-2013) shares his Fulbright experience with the Board during their quarterly meeting on September 14, 2017.