On August 31, the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Paul Orbe (CC’94), an-award winning teacher, has received a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program award. He teaches Honors Chemistry and Forensic Science at Union City High School in New Jersey. Orbe has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Rutgers and a master’s in Public Administration.
He previously won the 2016 Shell Urban Science Educator Development Award from the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and Shell Oil Company, an honor created specifically for K–12 classroom science teachers in urban settings and that is designed to help strengthen quality science teaching and enhance teacher content knowledge. His teaching philosophy centers around making students life-long learners.
As a Fulbright recipient, Orbe will share knowledge and foster meaningful connections across communities in the United States and abroad. Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions. Upon returning to their classrooms in the United States, they share their stories and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars and educators to their school or campus and encouraging their colleagues and students to go abroad. As Fulbright alumni, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 39 who have served as a head of state or government.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce that 2021 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program. Celebrations throughout the year will highlight the impressive accomplishments and legacy of the program and its alumni over its first 75 years, both in the United States and around the world. A dedicated 75th anniversary website for the Fulbright Program is being updated throughout 2021 to showcase anniversary events and to facilitate ongoing engagement.
Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants from over 160 countries the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.