The Fulbright Alumni Award is supported by the alumni network and awarded to postgraduates who embody exceptional ambassadorial qualities. 

When you make a gift to Fulbright, 100% of your donation goes to scholarships. Meet the previous Alumni Award winners, supported by the generosity of Fulbright alumni.

Details on how to give can be found at the bottom of the page.

Jem Bartholomew

Columbia University, 2019-20

"I honestly never expected my life to unfold in this way – if you’d told me at 16 I’d be flying to New York to spend a year as a Fulbright scholar, I’d have dismissed the idea as a fantasy. I’m so grateful to the alumni donors for turning my dreams into reality!

In a way, to be awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at Columbia Journalism School is much bigger than me. It’s a vote of confidence in the type of writing I’m determined to produce: socially engaged journalism that strives, unashamedly, to make the world a better place."

Catherine Penman

New York University, 2018-19

"Growing up in a Scottish town, the idea of studying literature in New York City was a scenario only fit for the movies.

Since starting my MFA at NYU, I have been inspired beyond measure by both the city’s endless energy, and the incredible thinkers I’ve been exposed to."

I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to the Alumni donors who have made this life changing opportunity possible!”


Richard Wade

Parsons School of Design, 2016-17

"Since beginning my MFA I have been given opportunities that were unattainable in Northern Ireland. Having the opportunity to make new work in the USA has led to my photographs being exhibited in New York, Ping Yao, Beijing and St Petersburg, all in less than one year of joining the school.

I would like to extend my most sincere thanks to all those who kindly donated towards my university experience. It has changed my life and allowed me to accomplish goals that seemed impossible just two years ago. Thank you!"

Aurimas Bukauskas

University of Bath, 2016-17

"The focus and self-sacrifice of the Fulbrighters in addressing really difficult social, political, and technical problems is humbling and eye-opening. We've had political action meetings, hiked the English countryside, and had many deep conversations.

These friendships, and the expansion of thought from this experience will change the course of my career and life decisions.

I sincerely hope that inspired, passionate young people in the future will continue to have this opportunity, and I would like to do whatever I can to help them get there."

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