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2011.06.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Patrick McNamara Receives Fulbright Award

Omaha - Patrick McNamara has been awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar grant to teach and do research in India during 2011. McNamara will be hosted at the Sampradaan Indian Centre for Philanthropy in New Delhi working with them to help strengthen the community foundation movement in India. He will also teach social entrepreneurship at Jaypee University and do a case study of a water conflict in Gujarat state.

McNamara spent six years as director of philanthropic services at the Omaha Community Foundation.

“I enjoyed working with the talented staff, generous donors and dedicated nonprofit leaders in Omaha and am excited for this opportunity to share some of what I learned here with organizations in India,” he said. “This Fulbright is a dream come true for me.”

McNamara, who is an International Studies Research Associate at University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2011. He has a Ph.D. from UNO’s School of Public Administration, a Masters in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University and a Bachelors in Religion from Swarthmore College.

Dean of International Studies and Programs Tom Gouttierre said, “Patrick’s Fulbright-Nehru award is a real honor. Those are highly competitive and, with India an increasingly important strategic partner of the U.S., this is a great opportunity for our university and community to connect with people over there.”

The Fulbright-Nehru Scholars Program is administered by the United States – India Education Foundation and is jointly funded by the U.S. Department of State and the Government of India. The USIEF is committed to promoting dialogue on issues of contemporary interest and building up civil society through scholarly exchange. Recipients of Fulbright-Nehru grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

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.

For more information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit http://fulbright.state.gov.

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