Fulbright Grantees and Alums Thank the World
Last year, more than 1,300 current Fulbright Scholars, alumni and friends wrote thank you letters as part of a new Thank You Fulbright campaign. Because the Fulbright program changes lives, our individual letters were addressed to 138 different Ambassadors in Washington, DC. They were written to thank governments and other partners for their past and ongoing support of a program that had a huge impact on us and on others.
It’s time to do it again. Thank You Fulbright (TYF-2013) letters are being collected right now as part of the new annual celebration of the birthday of Senator Fulbright and his legacy, the Fulbright Exchange Program. Senator Fulbright was born on April 9, 1905, and so each year, in March and early April, thousands of people have the opportunity to submit short notes and letters via the Thank You Fulbright website. You can do it too. It only takes a few minutes to submit your personal note of thanks.
This year, TYF has been expanded too. In addition to the Thank You Letters, small groups of alumni will gather on April 9, 2013 at locations around the world to recognize our collective contributions to advancing knowledge and international understanding and also to remember the legacy of Senator Fulbright, who he died in 1995 at the age of 89. At some gatherings, participants will watch a documentary about Senator Fulbright: The Man, The Mission, The Message.
Today we invite you and your friends to go online and submit your letter and stories of how the Fulbright has influenced you and your community. Last year, the letter-writers shared hundreds of compelling tales of adventure, exploration, love and laughter. They told how their careers, their personal lives, their students, and their professions have been changed for the better by their participation in the Fulbright program, a “flagship” program for educational, cultural and scientific exchange for more than sixty years. In addition to submitting your story on-line, consider also sending a copy to your local newspaper in the form of a Letter to the Editor. You can also post a copy on the TYF Facebook page.
Each letter is addressed to a single Ambassador. US grantees write letters addressed to the Ambassador of their host country; international grantees submit letters to their home-country ambassador. If you wrote a letter last year, please submit an update so that the Ambassador in Washington will learn how the program continues to have a positive impact on you and your community.
We also invite you to organize a gathering in your community on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, so that you can share stories and learn from others affiliated with the Fulbright program. It could be a dinner with fellow alums and current grantees. Or organize a coffee-hour / reception at your university or place of business. Alumni groups in some countries are even organizing formal celebrations with speakers and special activities.
Submit your letter and learn more by visiting the Thank You Fulbright website (www.ThankYouFulbright.org). When submitting your letter, you have the choice of making it a public letter (which may be posted on the internet) or keeping it private (only sent the Ambassador). If you would like to network with other Fulbrighters, contact information for alumni associations and the names and affiliations of recent grantees can be found online: Associations, All Professors / Scholars, US Students, and International Students.
Thank You Fulbright is an independent global initiative. It is not affiliated with the Fulbright Exchange Program, the US Department of State, or agencies that manage the exchanges. In 2012, staff at the Fulbright Academy played a lead role in organizing and coordinating the program, and Fulbright-related organizations in the following countries played a role in promoting the project: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Austria, Belarus, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Ecuador, Germany, Honduras, India, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kosovo, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Poland, Romania, Russia, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, Uganda, USA, and Zimbabwe.
Thank You Fulbright 2013 has an equally broad range of partners and supporters. You can find their names and affiliations on the TYF Partners webpage. If you would like to help in a formal way, that can also be done via the TYF website.
Please promote TYF-2013 via social media networks, regular email or personal conversations. There are over 300,000 Fulbright scholars, so it should be possible to get thousands of letters. So, thanks to you, fellow Fulbrighters and friends of the Fulbright Exchange Program for your involvement.
From the TYF-2013 Coordinators and Partners
Thank You Fulbright
c/o Fulbright Academy, PO Box 7645
Washington, District of Columbia 20044