The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board welcomes new member Gabrielle Giffords, former U.S. Representative. Ms. Giffords was sworn in on July 26, 2013, in Tucson, Arizona by John Caveness, Assistant Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Western Passport Center. President Obama appointed her to the Board on June 5.
Ms. Giffords is known for her resilience and for her consensus-building leadership in Congress. She stepped down from Congress in January 2012 after being critically wounded at an event in Tucson on January 8, 2011. This year, Ms. Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly founded the organization Americans for Responsible Solutions. In 2013, Ms. Giffords received the Profile in Courage award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.
Ms. Giffords represented the Eighth District of Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2012. In Congress, she served on the Committee on Armed Services, and from 2011 to 2012 she was Ranking Member of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Ms. Giffords served in the Arizona State Senate from 2000 to 2005. Before her election to public office, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of El Campo Tire, Inc. Ms. Giffords holds a master’s degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree from Scripps College. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to study in Chihuahua, Mexico, in 1993.
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board was established by the U.S. Congress to oversee the Fulbright Program. Appointed by the President of the United States, the 12-Member Board establishes worldwide policies for the program and selects the students, scholars, teachers, and others who participate in Fulbright and Hubert H. Humphrey educational exchange programs.
The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. Government's flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 318,000 participants from over 150 countries with the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
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