In Honor of Marita Houlihan
Marita Houlihan, former State Department official, pioneered in the establishment and administration of the Fulbright international student exchange program in the 1940s and ‘50s. She was also instrumental in the development of the U.S. government program for improving the cultural and academic experiences of privately sponsored students through grants to universities and institutions which share this goal, including NAFSA, although she was not a member.
The NAFSA International Education Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field in Honor of Marita Houlihan recognizes an individual who has displayed imaginative activity, outstanding personal enterprise, and creative contributions to the field of international education through program development, writing, or research. The Awardee does not have to be a practitioner but his/her work must be recognized for its impact on professional colleagues.