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Alfred University alumnus receives Fulbright Student Award to study in China

Mark R. Hursty, who graduated from Alfred University in 2008 with a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture/dimensional studies, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to study sculpture in China.

The awards were announced by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Hursty is one of 1,600 U.S. citizens ho will travel abroad for the 2011-12 academic year, according to the announcement from the Fulbright program.

Hursty is from Muncie, IN.

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.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit: http://fulbright.state.go... or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-632-3241, or e-mail

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