Former Mount Pulaski resident Richard
Schroth has been selected as a U.S. Ful-bright
The recognition is the most highly
prized scholarly award from the U.S.
Schroth, who holds a Ph.D., is the
son of Vivian and Joseph Schroth of
He received his secondary education
in Mount Pulaski schools.
"It speaks very highly of the
educational system in Mount Pulaski and
makes me very proud to have grown up and
lived in such a wonderful area," Schroth
said in an e-mail to The Courier.
He also expressed his hope that " ...
others may see what wonderful
opportunities await the youth of the
Mount Pulaski area and the opportunities
the excellent education of the Mount
Pulaski Schools in particular provide as
a foundation for greater learning."
Schroth received his Ph.D. from
Indiana University, his master's degree
from the University of Illinois and a
bachelor's degree from Western Illinois
Schroth will hold his position as a
Fulbright Senior Scholar for the next 5
years, working as one of the U.S.'s top
scholarly executives in information
sciences accessible to countries around
In 2008, he will begin his first
overseas assignment, leading a major
technology and public policy strategy
effort at The National University of
Ireland in Galway.
While in Galway, Schroth will serve
as Distinguished Visiting Professor,
responsible for shaping and developing
the strategic initiatives for the Center
for Innovation and Structural Change and
the Digital Enterprise Research
The U.S. Department of State, Bureau
of Educational and Cultural Affairs
sponsors the Fulbright Program,
America's flagship international
educational exchange activity.
Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards
are competitively selected based on
academic or professional achievement.
Among a small group of other
prominent Fulbright Senior Scholar
alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel
Prize-winning economist; Alan Leshner,
CEO of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS); Rita
Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and
Craig Barrett, chairman of the board of
Schroth will join this handful of
other Distinguished Fulbright Senior
Scholars in representing the United
States' top scholarly academics and