In 2021, the U.S. Department of State’s flagship international exchange program, the Fulbright Program, celebrates its 75th anniversary and its history of positive impact on individuals, institutions and communities in Guyana, the United States and around the world. Its legacy is represented by hundreds of thousands of distinguished and diverse alumni, who are contributing to a more peaceful, equitable, prosperous, and secure world.
As part of the observances to mark its 75th anniversary, Deputy Chief of Mission Mark W. Cullinane hosted a small group of Guyanese Fulbright alumni and the current visiting Fulbright U.S. Scholar to celebrate their work and contributions to Guyana. In attendance were Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academic Affair, University of Guyana, Dr. Emanuel Cummings, Deputy Registrar University of Guyana, Dr. Theodosius Velloza, Senior Lecturer, University of Guyana Dr. Mohamad Sadik, and Dr. Gregory MacDonald, 2021 Fulbright U.S. Scholar. Attendees highlighted their Fulbright experience and expressed appreciation for the opportunity to advance the capacity of the Guyanese education sector. Deputy Chief of Mission Cullinane thanked the participants for their service in their respective fields and noted that the Fulbright Program is part of the U.S. Government continued commitment to the prosperity of Guyana and the region.
Founded in 1946, the Fulbright Program now operates in 160 countries and has provided over 400,000 people from all backgrounds and in all fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to complex global challenges. Guyana has benefitted from the expertise of 28 Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Fulbright Specialists, while 127 Guyanese have benefitted from Fulbright scholarships since the early 1960s, many of whom are in the public sector, academia, the arts, business, civil society, media, and education.