The Fulbright Sculpture faces the Fulbright Memorial Peace Fountain.- Photo Russell Cothren

The Arkansas Home of Fulbright

In 1939, J. William Fulbright became the youngest college president in the nation when he assumed the presidency of the University of Arkansas, a role he held until 1941. Fulbright grew up at the university, attending its training grade school and high school before he entered the university, where he excelled as a leader. In 1925, he left for Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He returned home to teach law and serve as the university’s 11th president

Fulbright was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1943, running successfully for the Senate two years later and beginning a political career that lasted 30 years and influenced the lives of people the world over. Fulbright’s public service and political acumen led the University of Arkansas to name its liberal arts college for the statesman. Indeed, the college has adopted as its mission the following statement from Fulbright’s writings:

... the highest function of higher education is the teaching of things in perspective, toward the purposes of enriching the life of the individual, cultivating the free and inquiring mind, and advancing the effort to bring reason, justice, and humanity into the relations of men and nations.

Consisting of 19 academic departments, the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences offers degrees in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. Several departments and the dean's office are in Old Main, home to the college and for many, the most beloved symbol of higher education in Arkansas.

“Without question, the Fulbright Program is recognized around the world as the leader in international education. The program, since its beginning in 1946, has dramatically increased mutual understanding among governments, institutions, and people from around the world…"

“I firmly believe that the importance of mutual understanding must remain at the core of our efforts to create a safer world. I ask that you join me in supporting full funding for the Fulbright Foreign Exchange Program.”

­~ UA Chancellor G. David Gearhart, Fulbright Scholar 1992

Internationalism

Fulbright’s political career, marked by an unwavering dedication to global cooperation, began during World War II, a time during which U.S. foreign policy was transformed. Americans began moving from a cautious isolationism toward internationalism in world affairs. Acting on his belief that an international peacekeeping organization was crucial in formulating a humane foreign policy, Fulbright sponsored a resolution, now known as the “Fulbright Resolution,” committing the U.S. to a leadership role in forming the United Nations.

Fulbright was a dominant intellectual force in Congress. He chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee longer than any other senator in American history. He introduced legislation that led to the founding of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and was also the only senator to vote against funding the so-called "Un-American Activities" investigations of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin.

An Exchange Program for People Across the Globe

He also created the famed Fulbright Scholar Program, established in 1946 to promote international understanding through the worldwide exchange of university students, teachers, artists and other professionals. Today 51 binational commissions join the U.S. in underwriting a program that has awarded more than 250,000 scholarships.

A Rich Legacy

On Oct. 24, 1999, the University of Arkansas dedicated the Fulbright Peace Fountain in his honor. The fountain, designed by Fay Jones, is dedicated to the possibility of peace through education. Three years later, the Honorable William Jefferson Clinton joined former and current Fulbright Scholars on Oct. 21, 2002, to dedicate the Fulbright sculpture, which faces the Peace Fountain.

Describing Fulbright’s beliefs, President Clinton said: "The best thing America could do was to be an intelligent example of the world through material helpfulness without moral presumption. He said that we should make our own society an example of human happiness, make ourselves the friend of social revolution, and go beyond simple reciprocity in the effort to reconcile hostile worlds. He would far prefer to see us be a sympathetic friend of humanity, rather than its stern and prideful schoolmaster."

Visit the Fulbright Scholar and International Exchange to find out more.

Grantee Country Year

Anne Greott

Italy

2014

Courtney Hill

South Korea

2014

Karsten Powers

Germany

2014

Rachael Schaffner

Turkey

2014

Kahlilah Ariel Fleming

 Germany

2013

Chelsea Elisabeth Burris

 Germany

2013

Lydia Rebecca Thompson

 Mexico

2013

Matthew R Owens

 Spain

2013

Tahamara Ibarra

 Brazil

2013

Katelin Dae Cherry

 Malaysia

2013

Cameron Lee Word

 Japan

2012

Shawna Michelle Arnold

 Argentina

2012

Carl Christian Monson

 Germany

2012

John Andrew Jolly

 Germany

2012

Andrew Walchuk

 Spain

2011

Elizabeth White

 Germany

2011

Donald Goetz

 Brazil

2011

Lori Neumeier

 Germany

2010

Katherine Ridgeway

 France

2010

Jacquelynn Bensing

 Germany

2010

Donald Trumbo

 Turkey

2010

Matthew Parnell

 Egypt

2010

Chase Stoudenmire

 Georgia

2010

Craig Voligny

 Taiwan

2010

Brian T. Lee

 Austria

2008

James E. Wright

 Malaysia

2008

Bryan S. Winzer

 Hong Kong

2008

Stephen M. Coger

 Argentina

2008

Caleb K. Stein

 Germany

2008

Robert T. Cheek

 Germany

2007

Ryan C. Weiler

 Germany

2006

Rachel A. Yingling

 Spain

2006

Erin M. Grantz

 Germany

2005

Haley B. Beverburg

 Germany

2005

Lynn D. Endicott

 Germany

2005

A. E. Terry

 Germany

2005

Daniel Hazman

Mexico

2005

Sarah K. Bunton

 Germany

2005

Philip D. Tanimoto

 Costa Rica

2004

Lori A. Bailey

 Germany

2004

John M. Bailey

 Germany

2004

Christy A. Hunt

 Germany

2004

Jill A. Baird

 Germany

2003

Laura B. Moix

 Germany

2003

John W. Hulsey

 Austria

2002

Erica E. Edwards

 Belgium

2000

Katrina M. Vandenberg

 Netherlands

1999

Karry L. Evans

 Kuwait

1998

Stephanie A. Ricker

 Germany

1998

James M. Frank

Switzerland

1993

Anthony Elliott

Belize

1992

Maya Shastri

Germany

1992

Larey Pennington

 Belize

1988

Katherine Esser

 East Germany

1988

Daniel Petit

 Belize

1988

Michael P. Braverman

 Thailand

1984

Joe Delap

 West Germany

1983

Julie Besonen

 Belgium

1983

Gregg Kuroda

 West Germany

1979

Recipient Country Visited Year

Steve Stephenson

Vietnam

2014

Kathleen Condray

Germany

2014

Michael Freeman

Korea

2011-2012

Christopher Rowand Kelley

Moldova

2011-2012

William F McComas III

Ireland

2011-2012

Christopher Rowand Kelley

Moldova

2010-2011

Peter Ungar

South Africa

2010

Sam Totten

Rwanda

2008

Jeannine Durdik

India

2008-2009

Curt Richard Rom

Italy

2008-2009

Samuel Totten (Emeritus)

Rwanda

2007-2008

Dorothy Sargent Long

Germany

2006-2007

Christopher Rowand Kelley

Ukraine

2005-2006

Judith Ricker

Germany

2005-2006

Charles Patrick West

France

2005-2006

Patrick J. Conge

Lebanon

2004-2005

Mounir AbouDaoud Farah

Syria

2004-2005

Hugh Talat Halman

Indonesia

2004-2005

Thomas David Senor

Russia

2003-2004

Kathleen Marie Condray

Germany

2002-2003

Andrew Warren Horowitz

Brazil

2002-2003

Thomas R. McKinnon

Macedonia

2001-2002

Luis F. Restrepo

Colombia

1999-2000

Karen C. Hanna

-

1998-1999

Judith Ricker-Abderhalden

-

1998-1999

Hamdy A. Taha (Emeritus)

-

1998-1999

Bob McMath **

Italy

1996

Bob Cochran

Korea

1995

Robert Keith Bacon

Romania

1991-1992

Doug James

Belize

1988-1989

Bob Cochran

Hungary

1986

Bob Cochran

Romania

1985-1986

Doug James

Nepal

1981-1982

Doug James

Ghana

1970-1971

** - Awardee received award at another university before coming to UofA.

Published: 4/28/2014

Fighting for Fulbright

Chancellor David Gearhart

Read Chancellor Gearhart's May 5, 2014 opinion piece, The Fulbright Program: Too Remarkable to Cut, on The Chronicle of Higher Education

J. William Fulbright

J. William Fulbright served as president of the University of Arkansas, from 1939 to 1941. He was the youngest college president in the nation. Fulbright spent all his school years at the University until 1925, the year he left for Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

President Bill Clinton addresses a crowd gathered on the University of Arkansas.- Photo Russell Cothren

President Bill Clinton addresses a crowd gathered on the University of Arkansas campus during the Oct. 21, 2002, dedication of a sculpture by artist Gretta Bader, the highlight of a celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the German-American Fulbright Educational Exchange Program.

The Fulbright Sculpture faces the Fulbright Memorial Peace Fountain- Photo Russell Cothren

The Fulbright Sculpture faces the Fulbright Memorial Peace Fountain, designed by world-renowned architect E. Fay Jones, and commissioned by the university to memorialize Fulbright on campus. Fulbright died in 1995 and the fountain was dedicated in 1998.