Public Diplomacy Forum - USIA

The USIA Fulbright Scholar Program

Alumni Honored in 1998



The following individuals were among the Fulbright Program alumni honored during the past year:

Luis Campos Baca (Peru)
Member of Congress elected as the South American representative to the International Parliament

Jose Borrell (Spain)
Elected Leader of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) - one of Spain's two principal parties

Luis Botello (Panama)
Presented a medal from the University of Panama for achievements abroad

Josefina R. Cortes (Philippines)
Named President of the University of the East

Gheorghe Costinescu (USA)
Featured composer of the International Week of New Music in Bucharest, Romania

Onapito Ekomoloit (Uganda)
Elected a Member of Parliament

Doreen Fernandez (Philippines)
Given Most Outstanding Teachers Award by the Philippine Metrobank Foundation

Robert Finn (USA)
Appointed U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan

Alfredo Toro Hardy (Venezuela)
Designated Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.S.

Géza Jeszensky (Hungary)
Appointed Hungarian Ambassador to the U.S.

George Lamming (Barbados)
Awarded the Langston Hughes Festival Award for distinguished contributions to arts and letters

David Montgomery (USA)
Elected President of the Organization of American Historians

James Moore (U.K.)
Honored with the Order of the British Empire by the Queen of England

Najma Najam (Pakistan)
Appointed Vice-Chancellor of the first-ever women=s university in Pakistan, the International Women's University

Marie-Claire Paiz (Guatemala)
Featured in the National Geographic for her work preserving the national bird, the Quetzal

Maria Pasini (Argentina)
Selected as instructor for the Presidential Classroom in Washington, D.C.

Pal Pepo (Hungary)
Named Minister of Environmental Protection

Sylvia Poggioli (U.S.)
Honored by the Anti-Defamation League for Acourage in exposing brutality, injustice and hatred

Ruth Simmons (USA)
Received the Human Achievement Award from the National Urban League

Juwono Sudarsono (Indonesia)
Appointed Minister for Education and Culture

Inese Vaidere (Latvia)
Named Minister for the Environment

Raivo Vetik (Estonia)
Elected Director of the Institute of International and Social Studies

Charles Wright (USA)
Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

Jose Ismael Guevara Zelaya (El Salvador)
Named agronomist of the year in El Salvador for his work raising the standards of cattle quality

Peter Zoller (Austria)
Awarded Wittgenstein Prize, Max Born Prize & Schroedinger Prize, for eminent research in theoretical physics