Barbadian among trio who begin Fulbright scholarships: Petra Sobers to earn Master’s in Computer Graphics via US scholarship
A Bajan is among three students from the Eastern Caribbean who’ve been named as recipients of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for 2010-11.
The 2010 recipients are Petra Sobers of Barbados, Curllin Alexis of Grenada and Donnalin Constantin of St. Lucia. Petra will be earn a master’s degree in Computer Graphics and Motion Technology from DePaul University, Curllin will earn a doctoral degree in psychology from Wright State University, while Donnalin will earn a doctoral degree from the University of Memphis.
Under the Foreign Fulbright Student Program, applicants compete for a scholarship to pursue studies leading to master’s or doctoral degrees at leading U.S. universities.
The Fulbright Program, which celebrates its 64th anniversary in 2010, is the “flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.”
The Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries and has provided over 285,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research in each others’ countries and exchange ideas. Approximately 7,000 grants are awarded annually.
In the words of the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, the program he authored “aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.”
Fulbright alumni include 65 winners of the Pulitzer Prize, which is awarded for achievement in print journalism, literary works and music.