Harrisonburg, Virginia – James Madison University is proud to be named one of America’s colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright American students 2021-2022. Each year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually.
Four JMU students have received Fulbright Awards for the 2021-2022 academic year.
“Congratulations to our Fulbright nominees and recipients. We are proud to see these scholars pursuing the idea of engaged learning that is so central to the JMU experience, on the global stage,” said JMU President Jonathan Alger.
“We congratulate the colleges and universities we honor as 2021-2022 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions and are especially delighted to celebrate the institutions that achieved this distinction for the first time this year. These institutions reflect the geographic and institutional diversity of higher education in the United States and include institutions that serve minorities,” said Ethan Rosenzweig, assistant assistant secretary of state for academic programs in the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US State Department. “We thank the leaders of these institutions for supporting their academic advisors and administrators, who are instrumental in guiding their students through the Fulbright application process. We know that American institutions benefit from having their students represent their campuses abroad, which often promotes reciprocal exchanges which, in turn, help to further internationalize American campuses.
The Fulbright Competition is administered at JMU through the Scholarship advice office at the Specialized College.
The Fulbright Program was established more than 75 years ago to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright is the largest and most diverse international educational exchange program in the world. The main source of funding for the Fulbright program is an annual appropriation from the United States Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.
Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 people from all walks of life (recent university graduates, teachers, scientists and researchers, artists, etc.) have participated in the Fulbright program and have returned to their home countries with a broader worldview. , a deep appreciation for their host country and its people, and a new network of colleagues and friends.
Fulbright alumni work to positively impact their communities, sectors and the world and have included 40 heads of state or government, 61 Nobel laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 76 MacArthur scholars and countless leaders and changemakers who advance the Fulbright mission of enhancing mutual understanding.
Fulbright is active in more than 160 countries around the world and partners with participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and the United States. Many of these organizations also provide direct and indirect support. ECA sponsors the Fulbright program, and several nonprofit cooperative partners implement and support the program on behalf of the Office. For more information on the Fulbright program, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.
Contact: Ginny Cramer, [email protected], 540-568-5325