Charge d’Affaires Edward White joined Lebanese American University (LAU) President Dr. Joseph Jabbra in welcoming 66 new scholarship recipients through the USAID-funded University Scholarship Program (USP). Through USP, USAID supports talented Lebanese public school graduates with full four-year scholarships that include tuition fees, housing expenses, textbooks, and a monthly stipend. As part of their program, USP students also engage in community service, leadership, and volunteer activities. Since 2010, 541 students have benefitted from the program at LAU.
In his remarks, CDA White said: Today symbolizes America’s long-term and enduring commitment to Lebanon’s youth. USP is a symbol of the unwavering friendship between our two countries and our pledge to use education as a tool to make our communities—and the world—a better place.
The U.S. government, through USAID, has invested nearly $100 million in the USP program since its inception in 2010, which has allowed 947 students to attend LAU and AUB.
Following are CDA White’s remarks:
Good afternoon everyone! Thank you to Dr. Jabbra and LAU faculty for having me and my colleagues today. I am excited to be here to welcome sixty-six new scholars to the University Scholarship Program family. Today is significant on many levels. Like you, we at the U.S. Embassy understand that the USP program is not just a personal endeavor. The skills you acquire and the network you gain will help you develop key social and professional skills that can have a huge impact on your families and your communities.
In this sense, today marks a new beginning, a new chapter of possibilities waiting just ahead. Today also symbolizes America’s long-term and enduring commitment to Lebanon’s youth. It is a symbol of the unwavering friendship between our two countries and our pledge to use education as a tool to make our communities—and the world—a better place.
The United States and Lebanon share a dedication to education. Through USAID, since 2010, the United States has contributed about $100 million dollars in scholarship support, helping nearly 947 talented young people—like yourselves—study in Lebanon’s world-class universities through the USP. We at the U.S. Embassy take pride in listening to scholarship students who can now testify to the impact these scholarships have had on their personal and professional growth—and we cannot wait to hear your stories now that you are a part of this outstanding group.
As USP scholars, your commitment to your academic studies—along with USP community service activities—symbolizes your dedication to teamwork and to developing your communities. This spirit of volunteerism is deeply embedded in American history, and we know that volunteering not only serves the community, but it is also a powerful way for students to gain new experiences that cannot be learned in a classroom. This is why the United States Government invests in an educational approach, coupling a strong academic foundation with civic engagement to shape well-rounded individuals.
I encourage all of you to take full advantage of your learning experience here to strengthen the social, civic, and economic fabric of your communities. By stepping outside your classrooms and giving your time to support and help others, you are creating a better world.
In closing, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to LAU faculty and management for their commitment to shaping the next generation of leaders.
Again, to our new USP scholars, congratulations and I look forward to hearing the great things you will all accomplish in the coming years.