West Bank – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development celebrated alumni achievements of the Master’s Scholarship Program.
The event, jointly presented via simulcast in Ramallah and Gaza, celebrated 20 scholarship recipients who successfully completed their graduate studies in the United States. Upon their return home, the scholars have engaged in activities to make positive contributions to their professions and communities. These activities include the establishment of the first Palestinian English Language Teachers Association.
Through the Master’s Scholarship Program, USAID awarded scholarships for young professionals to complete master’s degrees at U.S. colleges and universities in professional fields important to the development of the Palestinian economy, including: industrial production and operations management, teaching English as a foreign language, water treatment, youth development, public administration, construction management, and agribusiness. In her opening remarks, USAID’s Investing in the Next Generation Office Director Karla Fossand stated, “We believe that the development of promising young professionals is a winning investment towards the future of the Palestinian people. We will continue to support youth to reach their potential and contribute to the wellbeing of their communities.” The Master Scholarship Program is funded by USAID and implemented by World Learning and AMIDEAST.
The U.S. Government, through USAID, is the leading provider of bilateral development assistance to the Palestinians, having provided more than $5.2 billion since 1994 for programs in the areas of democracy and governance; education; health and humanitarian assistance; private enterprise; and water resources and infrastructure.