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Florida offers scholarships

Postby KarenS » Wed May 03, 2006 6:39 am

From "WASHINGTON, May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to strengthen educational programs in Haiti, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the addition of a Florida-Haiti Scholarship Program under the Cooperative Association of States for Scholarships (CASS) of Georgetown University. Through this program, students from Haiti will have the opportunity to study and attend college in Florida.

This year, ten scholars were selected in a highly competitive process that considers financial need, leadership potential, community involvement, and academic achievement. The first three Haitian Scholars are from Port-au- Prince and have commenced their studies in Small and Medium Enterprise Management and Marketing at Florida Community College in Jacksonville, Florida. The additional seven scholars will study Industrial Management/Electronics Technology at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. Candidates for these scholarships come from rural areas such as Jean Rabel, Jeremie, Ounaminthe, and Jacmel. Each scholarship includes tuition costs, room & board, travel expenses, and English-language training.

To implement this Florida-Haiti Scholarship Program, USAID worked closely with the Governor's Office in the State of Florida, which has recently been coordinating a comprehensive Florida-Haiti Initiative to render assistance for development efforts within the Caribbean country. Florida is a mere 650 miles from Haiti, and according to the 2000 U.S. Census, the state has the largest Haitian population of any U.S. state.

Funded by USAID, the CASS Program offers technical education, job training, and leadership skills development to young adults and leaders from throughout Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. Since 1989, the CASS program has provided over 500 scholarships to a new generation of young Haitians making important contributions as a result of newly acquired technical, democratic leadership and community development skills.

Public Information: 202-712-4810"
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