U.S. Con­sulate Gen­eral, Er­bil, and AMIDEAST Cel­e­brate

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

On June 20, 2013, the U.S. Con­sulate Gen­eral in Er­bil, with im­ple­ment­ing part­ner AMIDEAST, cel­e­brated the grad­u­a­tion of 38 Ac­cess Pro­gram schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents. Con­sul Gen­eral Paul Sut­phin and Mr. Christo­pher Lud­low, Coun­try Di­rec­tor of AMIDEAST, par­tic­i­pated in a clos­ing cer­e­mony and con­grat­u­lated the grad­u­ates on their achieve­ments.

The English Ac­cess Mi­croschol­ar­ship Pro­gram pro­vides two-year English lan­guage schol­ar­ships to tal- ented un­der­priv­i­leged Iraqi high school stu­dents. Pro­gram par­tic­i­pants come from mi­nor­ity and dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds. The pro­gram in­creases stu­dents’ po­ten­tial to com­pete for in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties, pro­vides a plat­form for cul­tural ex­change and lead­er­ship skills, and pro­motes a spirit of com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

Speak­ing to stu­dents, teach­ers, fam­i­lies, and govern­ment of­fi­cials at the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Er­bil, Con­sul Gen­eral Sut­phin en­cour­aged the grad­u­at­ing stu­dents, say­ing “As you go on to col­lege and be­yond, ex­cel­lent English lan­guage skills will help you com­pete for schol­ar­ship and job op­por­tu­ni­ties to help your com­mu­ni­ties and your coun­try. I hope the Ac­cess pro­gram is the be­gin­ning of a life­long re­la­tion­ship with both the English lan­guage and with the United States.”

Funded by the U.S. Depart­ment of State and ad­min­is­tered by the U.S. Em­bassy in Bagh­dad, the Ac­cess Pro­gram in Iraq be­gan in 2008 with 152 stu­dents in four prov­inces. It cur­rently serves ap­prox­i­mately 1,500 stu­dents through­out the coun­try. By de­vel­op­ing the skills of Iraqi youth through­out the coun­try, the English Ac­cess Mi­croschol­ar­ship Pro­gram ad­vances the on­go­ing U.S. com­mit­ment to the fu­ture of Iraq as out­lined in the Strate­gic Frame­work Agree­ment be­tween the United States and Iraq.

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