Summary: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: James A. Lawrence
Date: 8/26/11 Telephone: 202-632-3241
Christopher Raastad Receives Fulbright Award
Mr. Christopher D. Raastad of University of Washington has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program
scholarship to Estonia in Computer Sciences, the United States Department of State and the J. William
Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.
Raastad is one of over 1,600 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2011-2012 academic year through the
Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
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.