FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 1999
Release No. 036-99

CONTACT: Lois Herrmann
EMAIL: lhermann@usia.gov
PHONE: (202) 619-4365



United States Information Agency - News Release



STUDENTS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS
IN FULBRIGHT YOUNG ESSAYIST CONTEST



Washington, D.C. -- Thirteen students in the 7th to 12th grades from around the United States who were awarded college scholarships June 20, in Washington, D.C., as winners of the nationwide Fulbright Young Essayist contest. The awards program, created in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Fulbright Educational Exchange Program, serves to promote an understanding of international cross cultural issues among students and honor the country's top young writers. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency in collaboration with The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc. The Alliance has been committed to recognizing the voices and visions of creative young people in the United States for nearly 75 years through The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Students won scholarships of varying amounts for use at the colleges of their choice.

While in Washington, the essay contest winners received their awards in a ceremony June 20 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Frank McCourt, author of the best selling memoir, "Angela's Ashes", was the keynote speaker at the event. The students read their essays at Washington's Warner Theatre later that day. On June 19, the thirteen winners and their families were honored at a dinner organized by the U.S. Information Agency and held at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

# # #

To receive USIA News Releases by email, send your request and email address to the contact shown in the upper right-hand corner of this release.

The United States Information Agency, headed by Acting Director Penn Kemble, is an independent foreign affairs agency within the executive branch that explains and supports U.S. foreign policy and national security interests abroad through a wide range of information programs. The Agency promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through a series of educational and cultural exchange activities.

USIA's programs include the Voice of America, Radio and TV Marti, the WORLDNET satellite television system, the daily Washington File newswire, the Fulbright scholarship program, the International Visitor Program, the Speakers and Specialists Program, three Foreign Press Centers in the United States, and a network of overseas resource and cultural centers. The Agency has 190 posts in 141 countries.

The USIA domestic server can be accessed through http://dosfan.lib.uic.edu/usia/ or through most search engines on the Internet.

United States Information Agency, 301 4th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20547
Tel: (202) 619-4355, Fax: (202) 619-6988
www.usia.gov

USIA News Releases