United States Announces Centennial Gift to Finland: $ 500 000 to Fulbright Finland

Monday, August 21, 2018

This year the Republic of Finland celebrates its 100th year of independence. On the occasion of Finland’s Centenary, the United States presented a centennial gift of an additional $500,000 (425 000 euros) to the Fulbright Finland Foundation. The gift was announced on August 21, 2017 by Chargé d'Affaires Donna Welton at the American Embassy in Helsinki at the Reception commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the Finnish-American Fulbright Agreement and Finland’s Centenary. In her remarks, Chargé Welton said, “This gift will enhance an already robust Fulbright program in Finland and reflects our shared goal of maintaining people-to-people connections between our countries for years to come.”

President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö attended the reception and delivered special remarks. In his remarks, President Niinistö noted that Fulbright is the cornerstone of the Finnish-American academic and cultural collaboration, and congratulated Fulbright Finland for its significant achievements.  “Over the past 65 years, the Finnish-American Fulbright program has become a model of excellence for the world's most well-known global exchange network, providing over 5500 Finns and Americans the opportunity to serve as academic and cultural ambassadors and become leaders in their field”, President Niinistö said. He also praised Fulbright Finland’s role in increasing collaboration towards common solutions for a sustainable Arctic future.

U.S. Embassy Helsinki press release: https://fi.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/243/2017/08/Fulbright_Centennial_Gift__RELEASE.pdf

From left to right: Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland; Donna Welton, Chargé d'Affaires, U.S. Embassy Finland; Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland