Tribute to Anna Devriesby Former Representative Tom Latham
Posted on 2013-03-07
in the house of representatives
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the achievements
of Anna DeVries of Des Moines for receiving a coveted Fulbright award
to study and conduct research abroad this academic year.
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. This program is known as America's flagship international exchange program. First established by Congress in 1946, the Fulbright Program has served the purpose of building mutual understanding between American citizens and the rest of the world. Appropriations from the United States Congress, participating foreign governments, and private sector contributions fund the Fulbright Program. The program has exchanged over a quarter of a million people in more than 155 countries, since its inception. Anna's host country for the 2012-2013 academic year is Indonesia.
To receive a Fulbright award is truly a great honor. Recipients of this award must demonstrate significant leadership potential in their chosen field and are selected on the basis of their academic or professional achievement. The experiences provided by this program ensure that tomorrow's leaders are both knowledgeable about the world and well-rounded.
Mr. Speaker, it is a profound honor to represent future leaders like Anna from the great state of Iowa in the United States Congress. I know my colleagues in the House will join me in congratulating her for receiving this prestigious award. I wish her the best of luck in her studies and future career.