Nathan Laube named recipient of prestigious Fulbright Grant
I'm so excited to have the opportunity to call beautiful Toulouse, France my new home from October 2010 until June 2011, in order to study at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse with Michel Bouvard. Toulouse is home to one of the finest and most distinguished collection of historic instruments in the world, and having the opportunity to work and study on them daily promises to be a truly life-changing experience: offering a more direct link to the great heritage of French organ building, composition, and performance. Additionally, Toulouse is a simply stunning city, nicknamed "La Ville Rose", rich in history, tradition, architecture, and of course, organs, with an extraordinary culinary scene and wonderfully welcoming inhabitants. Below is the official press release from the Franco-American Commission in Paris with more specific information pertaining to the Fulbright Grant:
Nathan J. Laube of Illinois has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to France in Musical Instrument Training, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Laube is one of over 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2010-2011 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.
Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, President of Ghana; Lee Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Riccardo Giacconi, Physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, Chairman and Founder, Bose Corporation; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Jen, Writer; and Daniel Libeskind, Architect.
Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education .