The nation is in reeling in shock over the horrendous and callous death of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal. She was an legal luminary who made a tremendous contribution to the nation. Included in her long list of accomplishment was that she was a Fulbright Scholar. This is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world, in the same category as the Rhodes scholarship. In short, the best of the best are granted these scholarship. No wonder she was a recipient.
According to the description a typical “Fulbrighter” there is no one single profile of a recipient. In order for the Fulbright Program to be successful in its goal to promote mutual understanding, Fulbrighters must represent the richness and diversity of their home countries. Fulbrighters come from small villages and huge cities. They range from recent university graduates to established experts in their fields. They are students, researchers, and teachers at all types of public and private educational institutions including primary and secondary schools, community colleges, small liberal arts colleges, and large research universities. They are also visual and performing artists, journalists, scientists, engineers and other professionals. Fulbrighters come from a wide range of socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds. All Fulbrighters share a strong academic background, leadership potential, a passion for increasing mutual understanding among nations and cultures, and the adaptability and flexibility to pursue their proposed Fulbright project successfully.
When one examines the life that Ms Seetahal lived, she was a true representative of what it means to be a Fulbright scholar. She was, as they say in local parlance, bright! The country and the world is indeed poorer for her lost.
Fulbright Scholar in Economi