Ms. Mary Jo West of Meridian High School in Falls Church, Virginia, has been selected for the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Ms. West (bottom row, sixth from right) is one of approximately 25 U.S. citizens traveling abroad through the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program in Paris and Bordeaux, France, in June.
Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected based on academic and professional achievement, a record of service, and demonstrated leadership potential. Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all fields while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S government and was created to increase mutual understanding and build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary funding source for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given over 390,000 passionate and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to critical international problems. The global network of Fulbrighters fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, advances knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the globe.