May 5, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Robert Cooke, a senior at Amherst College, has been awarded a J. William Fulbright Fellowship to serve as an assistant language instructor in Lower Saxony. Cooke, a graduate of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, is the son of John and Nancy Cooke of South Yarmouth, Mass.

With a German and philosophy double major at Amherst, Cooke plans to become a German professor one day, and looks forward to spending a year in Germany teaching English and participating in “cultural conversations,” as he wrote in his Fulbright proposal. The captain of the Amherst College Sailing Club, Cooke also has taught sailing on Cape Cod. He was chosen “Most Valuable Sailor” twice, and has been a member of the college’s German house. Cooke transferred to Amherst as a junior from Hampshire College.

Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, viewed scholarship as an alternative to armed conflict. Today the Fulbright Program, the federal government’s premier scholarship program, funded by an annual Congressional appropriation and contributions from other participating countries, allows Americans to study or conduct research in more than 100 nations.