Patrick Brugh Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award

Philadelphia, Pa. –Patrick Brugh, a four-year letterwinner in swimming, received the Fulbright Award for the 2005-06 year. The Towson, Md. native will take a position in Germany where his main duty will be to teach English to students in secondary schools in Bavaria. Brugh will complete his degree in English and German this month.

“I'm extremely excited at this opportunity to go back to Germany and teach English, particularly since I've only had the chance to visit once before,” Brugh said.

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange, was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then freshman Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. In the aftermath of World War II, Senator Fulbright viewed the proposed program as a much-needed vehicle for promoting "mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world." His vision was approved by Congress and the program signed into law by President Truman in 1946.

Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Since the program’s inception, more than 250,000 participants, chosen for their leadership potential, have had the opportunity to observe each other’s political, economic and cultural institutions.

The U.S. Student Program is designed to provide opportunities for personal development and international experience. It allows students to design their own programs, including university coursework, library or field research, classes in a music or art school, independent projects in the social or life sciences or assistant teach English.

In the pool, Brugh swam the 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard breaststroke. His commitment to his team did not go unnoticed by the Penn swimming coaching staff. Patrick is a vocal leader, both in and out of the pool, his dedication and desire are an example to his teammates, and are a major reason why he was chosen as one of this year’s tri-captains,” head coach Mike Schnur, C’88 praised.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications