The U.S. and Bahamas Governments Sign MOU to Re-establish the Fulbright Program in The Bahamas

On May 14th, the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Caroline Casagrande and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers participated in the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony to re-establish the Fulbright  Program for Bahamian students.  The ceremony, hosted at the Office of the Prime Minister, with the support of Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis and Minister of Education, The Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd on hand to mark the occasion.

DAS Casagrande expressed her delight to announce the re-opening of the Fulbright Program to students from The Bahamas. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international exchange program of the United States government, carrying worldwide recognition and prestige.

“Americans have been coming to The Bahamas under the Fulbright Program since the program resumed in 2015, and I am very pleased to again welcome your students to the United States as Fulbrighters.”

Chargé Bowers noted that since her arrival in Nassau last March, she has advocated for the return of the Fulbright Program for Bahamian students.  She highlighted that the Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious and competitive fellowship programs in the world.

“The reopening of the Fulbright Program has only strengthened our partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Bahamian government.  Working with our partners we will seek out those who show potential to be a future Governor General, engineer, professor, artist, mathematician, or business leader.”

In closing, Chargé Bowers noted, “As we strengthen ties between our two countries, our shared goals of increased investment, security, transparency and educational opportunities for Bahamians and Americans alike are coming to fruition.  I could not be happier to return the Fulbright student scholars program to The Bahamas.”

 

To learn more about the 2019 Fulbright Scholarship Program, visit: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/ or contact U.S. Embassy Nassau’s Public Affairs Section at via email at nassaupublicaffairs@state.gov.