History

Founding Director:  Dr. Sandye Jean McIntyre, II
Director:   Dr. Carleen S. Leggett

Assistant Director:  Dr. Elizabeth S. Gunn     

   Students from Morgan State University have been awarded Fulbright-related grants to the following 44 countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Korea, Liberia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

        Major departments of Morgan Fulbright Scholars are extremely varied and include:  Architecture, Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Education, English, Engineering, Finance, Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, Social Work, Speech Communication, Theater Arts, and Urban Studies.      In addition to the Fulbright awards to students who apply for grants as graduating seniors or graduate students, there are also "Senior Fulbright" awards--received primarily by postdoctoral applicants--administered by the U. S. Department of Education, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the Institute of International Education, or  U. S. Administrators in Education--to which candidates apply directly. The terms of these grants may be approximately a year, a semester, a summer, or a number of weeks, and they include such programs as teacher exchange, university lecturing, postdoctoral research, and a variety of summer seminars for educators. 

     At least 39 Morgan State University faculty members or administrators have received 57 Fulbright awards. Dr. McIntyre, for example, was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Israel, Senegal, Mali, Liberia, and Gambia, in addition to having won a Fulbright award to France as a predoctoral student. Dr. Leggett was a Senior Fulbrighter to Egypt and Jordan. Dr. M'bare N'gom, Chair of the Department of World Languages and International Studies, spent a semester in Peru as the holder of a Lecturing/Research Grant award and later headed a Fulbright group to the same country. Dr. Glenn Phillips (History/Geography) won Fulbrights to Nigeria, Kenya/Tanzania, Egypt, Senegal/Cameroon, Liberia.  Other faculty members or administrators who are Senior Fulbrighters include: Dr. Umaru Bah, Dr. Robert Collagan,  Dr. Ruth Connell, Prof. Cedric Dyce, Dr. Ali Emdad, Dr. Mary Ann Faye, Prof. Suzanne Frasier, Dr. Stefan Goodwin, Dr. Marlene Greer-Chase, Dr. James Hudson, Dr. Azza Kamal, Prof. Betty Keat, Dr. Richard Kitson-Walters, Dr. James Lee III,  Prof. James Lewis, Dr. Paul Logan, Ms. Agnes Moon, Prof. Getachew Metaferia, Dr. Joseph Overton, Dr.Sandip Patel, Dr. Muhammad Quibria, Dr. Esther Ridley, Dr. Julaine Rigg, Dr. Daniel Skinner, Dr. Sarah Smiley, Dr. Iola Ragins Smith, Dr. Maurice St.-Pierre, Dr. John Sweeney, and Prof. Alvin Thornton.

Former Fulbrighters who are both Morgan graduates and are or have been members of Morgan's administration and faculty include:  Dr. Michael Bayton (English), Ms. Brenda Brown (History), Dr. Max Hilaire (Chair, Political Science), Dr. Burney Hollis (Dean Emeritus, College of Liberal Arts), Dr. Margaret A. Reid (English), Prof. Kenneth Royster (Fine Arts), and Dr. Iantha Tucker (Health/Physical Education/Recreation/Dance).

The typical predoctoral Fulbright awardee from Morgan applies for a study/research grant or an English Teaching Assistantship during the last year of his or her undergraduate studies, although graduate students are also eligible to apply. After a very lengthy procedure of filling out complicated forms, obtaining transcripts, letters of affiliation, and references, the applications are forwarded to New York to the Institute of International Education (which oversees the program), and then are judged by national committees. Candidates who successfully pass the preliminary competition are so informed by the Institute, and the dossiers are forwarded, for final decisions, to the countries to which application was made. Students who are ultimately chosen as Fulbright Scholars  have the opportunity to study and do research abroad for a full academic year with, in most cases, all expenses paid.  Some students are chosen as Teaching Assistants, aiding in English conversation instruction.     

Campus activity annually involves publicizing the program among potential applicants and providing to them continuous guidance in acquiring, understanding, and completing the extensive and complex application materials. Dr. Leggett credits the tremendous success of Morgan's program to Dr. McIntyre's setting up and carrying through of a careful, comprehensive, and very time-consuming system of aid to each student applicant.  Dr. McIntyre often pointed out that both he and she were unswervingly dedicated to helping applicants present the very best possible applications for evaluation.     

Fulbright Scholars from Morgan have often stressed not only the academic advantages of studying in a foreign milieu, but the personal and cultural rewards as well, the enlightenment gained from close contact with new languages and ways of life.  William Benjamin (Fulbright Scholar to Cameroon), who hosted the popular WEAA-FM radio show, "Profiles on Africa," often credits his Fulbright experience with changing the entire direction of his life and career.  Judith Howerton (Fulbright awardee to Senegal) stresses the great value of the reciprocal cultural exchange involved, "whether in volunteer, community, and social activities or in the classroom."  Christian Kameni (English Teaching Assistant in France)  appreciates "one of the best experiences of my life and at the same time one of the most gratifying."  Dr. McIntyre himself continued, during his five and a half decades of work with the program, to underline the inestimable value to the individual student of changing from a parochial to an international perspective on life and the benefits to all of the increased mutual understanding among nations which results from the cumulative experiences of the Fulbright Scholars.