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.

Program Details

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.

Case Studies

Mario Garcia

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.”

-Daniel Portillo

Related News

SEED Program Officially Ended

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.

SEED Students attend Clinton Global Initiative University

In March, 42 students from the SEED Program were selected to attend the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in Miami Florida. CGI U is an annual gathering where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges.

SEED Students Making a Difference

The Scholarships for Education and Economic Development program teaches students how to improve their communities when they return to their homelands. SEED students presented their projects at SUNY Broome's leadership conference.