August 2020

This Day in History… August 1, 1946

Fulbright Scholarships

US #3065 was issued for the program’s 50th anniversary.

On August 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed legislation establishing the Fulbright Program.

In the aftermath of World War II, Senator J. William Fulbright proposed a program that would build understanding between the US and other countries through education.  He suggested that the US use the proceeds from the sale of post-war surplus to fund this program.  Other nations could reduce their debts by participating and funding the program in their own countries.

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