Former SEED grantee Emma Walker addresses the audience in sign language from El Salvador
The U.S. government, through the Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) scholarship program sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded scholarships with a value of $1.4 million dollars to over 50 talented Salvadorans, who were selected from among 500 applicants. These students will attend community colleges and universities in the US studying in the areas of Transmissible Disease Vector Control, Strengthening Primary Education for At-Risk Children, Quality Control, Agribusiness for Export, Environmental Technology, Small and Medium Enterprise Management and Marketing and Computer Business Applications for Deaf Youth. Three deaf youth grantees were awarded scholarships.
“More than 90% of the SEED program grantees come from rural and low income areas. More than half of them are women. This shows USAID’s commitment to providing educational opportunities to people who don’t traditionally have access,” said Charge d’Affaires Robert Blau during the ceremony.
The SEED Program is administered by Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED).
Charge d’Affaires Robert Blau awards SEED scholarship to youth participant