Washington Twp. EA member receives Fulbright Award

Published on Monday, June 13, 2011

Mr. Guy Dippolito of Robbinsville High School has been awarded a Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange grant to teach in France, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Mr. Dippolito is one of approximately 60 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program in 2011-2012. Mr. Dippolito studied French at Nottingham High School in Hamilton, NJ under Mr. William Vogt, and at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ under the late Dr. Peter Aberger, Dr. Mryna Zwillenberg and current co-chair Dr. Mary Poteau-Tralie.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammed Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient John Atta Mills, President of Ghana; Lee Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Riccardo Giacconi, Physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, Chairman and Founder, Bose Corporation; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Jen, Writer; and Daniel Libeskind, Architect.

Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between people of the United States and people of other countries. The Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program is administered by the Academy for Educational Development.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit our website at http://fulbright.state.gov or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone (202) 632-3241 or e-mail fulbright@state.gov.

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