Four outstanding Lao students will travel to the United States this year to pursue Master’s degrees under the U.S. State Department’s prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Program. During a recent meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane, U.S. Ambassador to the Lao P.D.R. Daniel A. Clune congratulated the group on their achievement and encouraged them to make the most of this opportunity, which will benefit their professional development and deepen the ties between Laos and the United States.
Ambassador Clune also spoke with the departing students about their individual academic plans. Mr. Khounkham Seebounhouang will study accounting at the University of Akron in Ohio, Mr. Khavi Homsombath will study social enterprise at American University in Washington, D.C., Mr. Mattiphob Douangmyxay will study filmmaking at Syracuse University in New York, and Ms. Vanida Khouangvichit will study anthropology at North Carolina State University. The scholarship covers full tuition fees, return airfares, and a two-year living allowance.
The Fulbright Program is the largest and most acclaimed international exchange program in the world, and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. More than 80 Lao professionals have earned Master’s degrees from U.S. universities through the Fulbright Program. Prominent Lao Fulbright alumni are currently working in key positions in government, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations. The U.S. Embassy in Vientiane accepts applications for the Fulbright Program from March – May every year. Interested students can email VientianePublicDiplomacy@state.gov for more information.