University to administer USAID scholarships for indigenous Mexicans
On July 14, the U.S. embassy in Mexico announced the award of 63 technical school scholarships for students, teachers, and technicians from rural Mexico. Georgetown will administer the program under its Scholarships for Economic Education and Development.
The first set of scholarships will allow 20 young indigenous Mexicans to study quality control, agribusiness, and small business management at community colleges across the U.S. The scholarship began as a private initiative, conceived by the late Fr. Harold Bradley, S.J. as the Central American Peace Scholarship program.
After being taken over by the United States Agency for International Development, Georgetown stepped in to help administer the scholarships, which target underserved populations and aim to develop a region’s local capacity.
Since its inception, over 400 students and teachers from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua have received an award.
SEED also allows the University to make vital connections in the foreign aid community. “[I has created] opportunities for students interested in community service, such as the work of the Water Justice Alliance organized by current student, Mark Svensson, which is now operating in two communities in the Dominican Republic and Haiti as a result of connections with SEED alumni who have returned home,” said Scott Fleming, associate vice president for federal relations.