Scholarship for Education and Economic Development
The SEED Program is a USAID sponsored exchange initiative that provides U.S.-based technical training to youth and community leaders enabling them to become important players in key development sectors of their home countries. Moreover, the program creates productive and mutually beneficial academic, economic, and social relationships that benefit people of the United States and the Latin American/Caribbean region.
The SEED Program offers custom designed technical training and educational opportunities to youth and community leaders from economically disadvantaged and historically underserved populations, including women, people with disabilities, and members of ethnic/indigenous groups. The CIED scholarship model incorporates skills training, leadership development, and English as a Second Language (ESL) supporting fundamental development sectors such as agriculture, education, and the environment.
Upon completion of their scholarships in the United States, participants return home to apply their newly acquired skills. CIED provides job assistance and professional development support. The countries currently participating in the program are the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua.
The SEED Program is sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development. CIED administered this initiative from 1985 – 2015. In September, 2015, the program officially came to a close.
Mario is a prime example of the impact that an investment in a single person can have on a community. After completing the SEED program and returning to his home country, Mario has made a dramatic impact on his school and his community. His school has become an example of success in the region.
“I soaked up all the experiences in the SEED program, especially my monthly meetings with my college advisor. The program prepared for my professional career here in El Salvador.”
When Gamaleldin Tarakhan came to the U.S. during the 2017 Student Leaders Program (SLP) at Georgetown University, he was inspired by seeing environmentally sustainable and resource efficient green buildings used in the United States. The new leadership skills he developed during the Student Leader Program strengthened his resolve to improve the field of architecture in his home city of Benghazi, Libya.
Bartolomé Vázquez is a teacher in a one-room school of indigenous education in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico, and he knows that pedagogy is not based solely on textbooks and cannot fit behind the four walls of a classroom. A true sower of knowledge, Bartolomé untangles his philosophy and educational method and becomes a beacon of hope for the creation of a humanistic model based on curiosity and love for the outside world.
After nearly 28 years of supporting economic development by empowering youth leaders from under-served areas throughout Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) program has officially ended.