Access Micro Scholarship Commencement Inaugurated


The program, which is run by the collaboration of Haramaya University (HU) and the US Embassy, has operated for the past two years, according to Muluken Yohannes, lecturer at HU School of Foreign Language Studies.

The Access Micro Scholarship Program was given by the United States Department of State to implement access program which provides the foundation of English language skills to bright, economically disadvantaged 13-20 years old students worldwide through after school and intensive programming.
According to Muluken, the participating students gain an appreciation for the US culture and development of their countries and gain the ability to compete for and participate in future US exchange and study programs.
Muluken stated that the after school program is organized every Saturday and the summer intensive program was conducted in the summer of 2014 for a period of 8 weeks.


Muluken added that in 2014 program, scholarship award was given to 75 students from schools in the surrounding of Harar Town as well as Haramaya University Model School.
Dr Yebekal Alemayehu, representing HU AVP Office, delivered a message at the event. He said that helping high school students to understand the value of education by adding more in their English language skill is the key to become educated elite.
Dr Yebekal also expressed his happiness for the strong relation between HU and the US Embassy which started six decades back. The collaboration with the University in such a community service would definitely add a new chapter in the history of Haramaya University, he added.
Public Affairs Officer of the U.S Embassy in Addis Ababa, David Kenedy, in his part said HU had excellent work in the last four years to run the access program and it was very successful. He expressed the Embassy’s willingness to continue the program with HU.
Six decades ago US was there and we are very proud of working with HU in higher education and the cooperation would go forward, David Kenedy stated.
At the program’s commencement event, 75 graduates received their certificate of graduation from David Kenedy. Among the graduates, 60 percent were female students and five of them are able to participate in the US exchange program of Youth Solidarity and English Language (YSEL) program.

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