Dartmouth's First Fulbright Scholars

The program aims to promote mutual understanding through international educational exchanges.

"Educational exchange is not merely one of those nice but marginal activities in which we engage in international affairs, but rather, from the standpoint of future world peace and order, probably the most important and potentially rewarding of our foreign-policy activities."

—Senator J. William Fulbright

Established by the passing of legistlation introduced by Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Program began in 1946 with the mission to promote "international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science.” Edwin Bock ‘43 (pictured, top), Ernest Giusti ‘42, and Joseph Goldstein ‘43 were the first Dartmouth students to receive Fulbright grants. All were veterans of World War II.  

Interviewed as a part of Dartmouth College Library's "The War Years: An Oral History Project", Bock mentions that he was a Fulbright scholar in London. Goldstein also spent his Fulbright time in the United Kingdrom; Giusti studied in Italy.

Today, Dartmouth is a top producer of Fulbright scholars. Fifteen students and alumni received Fulbright scholarships in 2018 to study or teach in ten countries, including Morocco, South Korea, Ireland, and India.  

Image: (left) Dartmouth Fulbright recipients, 2017; (right) Edwin Bock, courtesy of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.