The Scholarships for Education and Economic Development Program (USAID SEED Program) is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and administered by Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED). The program is built on the solid foundation of Georgetown and USAID’s quarter century partnership implementing the CASS Program to support economic and social development throughout Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. SEED Program activities aim to:
- Build local LAC human capital in key sectors to support USAID’s regional economic and social development efforts in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
- Create a cadre of change agents and future leaders in their home countries with an understanding, experience and appreciation of democratic processes and U.S. values, especially free market economics.
- Provide participants with skills/knowledge to actively and responsibly participate in democratic activities and institutions in their home countries.
- Strengthen local Central American and Caribbean capacity in a wide range of technical fields that are critically needed to increase competitiveness and free trade opportunities.
- Support U.S. public diplomacy efforts in the LAC region by creating a cadre of future leaders who have been immersed in American culture and have an understanding and appreciation for the United States.
SEED scholarships provide training to youth and community leaders from economically disadvantaged and historically underserved populations, including women and ethnic/indigenous groups, to become key protagonists in their home countries’ development. Upon successful completion of their scholarship, all participants return to their home countries to apply their newly acquired skills from the United states. Moreover, the program significantly enhances public diplomacy efforts of the U.S. government by ensuring that participants learn firsthand about the fundamentals of civil society and free market economy. Countries currently participating in the program are the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua.
The scholarship model incorporates technical training, leadership skills enhancement and English as a Second Language (ESL) preparation focusing on civil society, volunteerism, free market economy and democratic participation as practiced in the United States.
Partner Academic Institutions Selected to Host Cycle 2012 SEED Scholars
The SEED program is pleased to announce the selection of U.S. partner institutions to host the Cycle 2012 groups of SEED scholarship participants.
Youth Scholarships Partner Academic Institutions and Fields of Study
- Broome Community College: Quality Control
- Kirkwood Community College: Agribusiness
- Modesto Junior College: Agribusiness
- Scott Community College: Small Business Management for Women
- Mt. Hood Community College: Environmental Technology
- Fox Valley Technical College: Environmental Technology
- Northcentral Technical College: Small and Medium Business Development
- St. Louis Community College: Computer Technologies with Business Applications for Deaf Youth
Professional Scholarships Academic Institutions and Fields of Study
- University of Arizona: Strengthening Rural Primary Education for Indigenous Children in Mexico and Strengthening Rural Primary Education for Indigenous Technical Supervisors in Mexico
- El Paso Community College: Strengthening Rural Primary Education for Central America and the Dominican Republic
- Alamo Community College: Strengthening Rural Primary Education for Central America and the Dominican Republic
- University of Northern Colorado: Strengthening Rural Primary Education for Central America and the Dominican Republic
- California State University at Dominguez Hills: Transmissible Disease Vector Control
||The SEED Program is funded by the United
States Agency for International Development