US Embassy hosts Fulbrighters for 70th anniversary reception

On 21st June, the US Embassy in London welcomed UK Fulbrighters, Sutton Trust US Programme participants and supporters of the Commission to celebrate the 70th anniversary and send off this year’s UK scholars.

The US Ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, welcomed guests to the new Embassy in Nine Elms. He expressed warm affection for the work of the US-UK Fulbright Commission and wished it continued success for the future. He was joined by Sir Peter Lampl, Chair of the Sutton Trust and Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Chair of the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

Attendees enjoyed performances by music and dance students from Fulbright partner Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, with a piece specially choreographed for the event.

Kathryn Perera, who researched community organising at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2015-16 through the Fulbright-All Disciplines Scholar Award, remarked that, “Fulbright was the first time that I felt seen and recognised, not for my technical competence, but for my ability to lead, and by that, I mean my ability to enable other people to access opportunities, to see the world in different ways, to bring that knowledge back. And that validation for me was fundamental.”

Sutton Trust US Programme scholar Darren McCarroll is from Northern Ireland and will be heading to the University of Richmond in Virginia to begin his degree later this summer. Speaking of his time on the programme, Darren said, “It’s been an absolute pleasure to make so many new friends, have some really unique experiences and develop myself in ways I never thought I could. And the only thing I can hope for is that the next four years of college are half as good as my time on this programme.” He thanked the staff, sponsors and supporters “who have spent their time working towards a cause that’s genuinely changed the lives of so many young people”.

The event also served as a send-off for the 2018-19 Fulbright award grantees. Joti Desour, a recipient of the Fulbright Postgraduate award at The New School, will shortly be starting her MA in Media Studies at The New School. She said, “Being a guest at the embassy, hearing the alumni speak and experiencing such a unique and special event with my fellow Fulbrighters gave me the first realisation that ‘wow, this is really happening’. I look forward to starting this exciting chapter and making lifelong bonds”.

See a selection of photos from the event below or view the full album here.