FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP PLAN FACES CUTS AS IT TURNS 50.Byline: George Esper Associated Press Associated Press: see news agency.
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Juleyka Lantigua can tell you the precise minute when she opened the letter assuring her lasting membership in one of the most exclusive clubs in the world.
``It was May 15, at 12:03 a.m. I went completely insane. I woke up everyone in my house, screaming, Mommy! Mommy! They gave it to me! I can't believe this! And then I started crying.''!
The 20-year-old's news: She had been awarded a Fulbright foreign scholarship for nine months of research in Spain on how Dominican immigrants have fared in that country.
Juleyka is one of a new generation of Fulbrighters - as they are called - in a milestone class that marks the 50th anniversary of the program.
More than 200,000 Fulbrighters from the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and other countries have lived and studied overseas since President Truman signed the legislation establishing the educational exchange program on Aug. 1, 1946. More than 90,000 Americans have gone abroad.
The program is named after U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright James William Fulbright (April 9, 1905 – February 9, 1995) was a member of the United States Senate representing Arkansas. Fulbright was a Southern Democrat and a staunch multilateralist, supported racial segregation, supported the creation of the United Nations and opposed , who sponsored the legislation two weeks after the United States dropped an atomic bomb atomic bomb or A-bomb, weapon deriving its explosive force from the release of atomic energy through the fission (splitting) of heavy nuclei (see nuclear energy). The first atomic bomb was produced at the Los Alamos, N.Mex. on Hiroshima. The Arkansas senator died in February 1995.
But while observances around the world commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fulbright program This article or section needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article. , they are tempered by a hard reality. Congress has cut the program's budget by more than 20 percent, from $118 million to $92 million this year.
Fulbrighters like Juleyka are one of the reasons for the program's significance and prestige, said Thomas Farrell, a vice president of the Institute of International Education in New York Primary, middle-level, and secondary education
The University of the State of New York (USNY) (distinct from the State University of New York, known as SUNY), its policy-setting Board of Regents, and its administrative arm, the New York State Education Department, oversee all , which administers the Fulbright program for Congress.
``It's based on merit,'' he said. ``It's set up to take the best and brightest. It doesn't matter whether your family has a lot of resources or a few resources. It's the only national scholarship program we have in the United States for any kind of international study.''
Another reason for its success, Farrell said, is that it is a joint effort of the United States with each of the 130 foreign countries that have signed agreements.
But supporters fear even more cuts ahead.
Each of seven foreign countries contributed more to the Fulbright exchanges with the United States than did the U.S. government in 1994, according to the Fulbright Association.
Among prominent Americans who were Fulbright scholars in their youth are U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan Noun 1. Daniel Patrick Moynihan - United States politician and educator (1927-2003)
Moynihan ; Richard L. Thomas, chief executive officer of the First National Bank of Chicago; television journalist Garrick Utley; Ronald J. Grabe Ronald John Grabe (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) (born June 13, 1945 in New York, New York) is a former NASA astronaut.
He has earned the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Liethen-Tittle Award , astronaut mission commander for Discovery; authors John Updike and Eudora Welty; actor Stacy Keach; musician Aaron Copland; opera singer Anna Moffo; and Rita Dove, poet laureate emeritus of the United States.