English Access Microscholarship Program Alumni Convene in the U.S. to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Access

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 21, 2014

From April 20-May 4, a select group of English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) alumni from 23 countries will participate in a special exchange program in the United States in recognition of the Access program’s 10th anniversary. These high-achieving alumni will travel to both Bozeman, Montana and Washington, D.C. to develop leadership and community service skills and to learn more about the U.S. higher education system.

In Montana, the students will stay with host families, volunteer at local area food banks and meet with representatives from the American Indian Council. In Washington, the alumni will meet with U.S. Government officials, visit a local high school, and interact with community service organizations.

The English Access Microscholarship Program is one of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ core public diplomacy programs. Over 100,000 students in more than 85 countries have participated in the program since its inception in 2004. Access provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from underserved communities through after-school classes, cultural enrichment activities, and intensive summer learning activities. Through the Access program, participants gain English skills valuable to their future education and careers, and an appreciation for U.S. society and culture.

Please contact ECA-Press, ECA-Press@state.gov, (202) 632-6552 for press inquiries and detailed agenda.