May 18, 1999
Release No. 027-99

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United States Information Agency - News Release


Washington, D.C. -- The United States Information Agency (USIA) will establish two Fulbright Scholarships in memory of the late King Hussein of Jordan and his accomplishments as a world leader. The new scholarships will be announced during the official visit of his son King Abdullah to Washington, May 17 to 21.

The King Hussein Memorial Fulbright Scholarship Program will enable two highly qualified Jordanian students yearly to pursue advanced study in the United States in fields relevant to the Middle East Peace Process, including international conflict resolution and mediation studies, international affairs, government and politics, civic education, public administration, environmental protection and conservation, and water resources management.

USIA Associate Director for Educational and Cultural Affairs William Bader said: "I can think of no better way to honor the memory of this great statesman than by bringing two Jordanians to the United States each year to equip themselves to advance the cause of peace, the cause he served with such tireless devotion."

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which sets policy for the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program, approved the scholarships, citing the value of such exchanges in efforts toward mutual understanding between countries. "The scholarships will serve as a constant reminder to both Americans and Jordanians of the importance of mutual understanding to achieving world peace, as exemplified by King Hussein's efforts. Senator Fulbright, who worked with King Hussein on these issues, would be very pleased with today's announcement," said Alan Schechter, Board chair.

The memorial scholarship program, to begin in the fall of 2000, will be administered by the Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange (JACEE) in Amman. The Commission also will seek to establish an endowment for additional scholarships from private U.S. and Jordanian sources.

The Fulbright Program in Jordan has enjoyed the active support of the country's Royal Family, as will the new King Hussein memorial scholarships.

The Fulbright Program was established by Congress in 1946 "to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries." Named for its sponsor, the late Sen. J. William Fulbright, the program is the U.S. government's premier international educational exchange. Grants are awarded on the basis of academic merit and professional promise to U.S. students, teachers, and scholars and to foreign citizens to study, teach, lecture, and conduct research.

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