Franken congratulates Fulbright recipients
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) congratulated Janice Haworth and Louise Jackson from Bemidji, who have been awarded Fulbright scholarships to study abroad in Guinea and the Slovak Republic. Both attended Bemidji State University. There are 72 recipients statewide.
"I'm immensely proud that Minnesota has produced so many young students and scholars who have received the prestigious Fulbright award," said Sen. Franken in a press release. "These Scholarships will allow them to explore new cultures and to represent Minnesota all over the world."
The Fulbright Scholarship is America's flagship international exchange program. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has exchanged over a quarter of a million people in more than 155 countries.
Recipients of the Fulbright are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.