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FAU Wilkes Honors College Graduate Cassidy Henry Receives Student Fulbright Award

JUPITER, FL (June 1, 2011) Cassidy Henry, a spring 2011 graduate of FAU’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Macedonia, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently announced. She is the first-ever Fulbright recipient from the Wilkes Honors College and will join more than 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2011-2012 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The award will allow Henry to study in Macedonia while taking courses at the Euro Balkan Institute and volunteering at a local non-government organization (NGO). She plans to use her time in Macedonia as preliminary research for her future graduate studies, which looks at how NGOs and government can work together. Henry’s objective is to study new ways for local organizations to work in closer connection with the government to better serve the people of Macedonia.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit For more information about FAU’s Wilkes Honors College, visit or e-mail .



Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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