Today, US Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard visited the Lebanese American University (LAU) Beirut campus to welcome 73 new students under the University Scholarship Program (USP). Through USP, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supports public school graduates, selected through a merit-based process, with full four-year undergraduate scholarships that include tuition fees, housing expenses, medical insurance, textbooks, and a monthly stipend.
In her remarks, Ambassador Richard highlighted US Government support for education in Lebanon. In the last ten years, USAID has invested more than $288 million in education. And since 2010 alone, the U.S. government has provided more than $130 million in scholarships for Lebanese students.
“The United States values the long-standing partnership we have forged with the Lebanese people through education… We believe that education has to be accessible to everyone. This is something that is critical to the success of every country. It cannot be because of where you were born, who your parents were, or what economic status you happened to be born into. Education is for everyone.”
In his turn, LAU’s President Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra congratulated the scholars saying, “This is a golden opportunity for you (students) to earn your university education thanks to the gracious generosity of the American people, who profoundly believe in the importance of education for the youth of Lebanon. On behalf of LAU and on your behalf, we extend our gratitude to the American people for making their financial support to you through USAID. We salute USAID and its staff for their wonderful and supportive collaboration with LAU.’’
Since 2010, nearly 740 students have been provided with access to top quality education at LAU and the American University of Beirut. The student beneficiaries, through USP, will experience LAU’s rigorous academic standards and a campus environment that promotes social equality and critical thinking. All scholars will engage partake in civic engagement activities, job readiness workshops and community service projects.