DCM Danny Hall Promotes the Spirit of Volunteerism and Civic Engagement among USP Scholars at LAU

Today, Deputy Chief of Mission Danny Hall met with University Scholarship Program (USP) students at the Lebanese American University (LAU) Byblos campus to voice the importance of education, volunteerism and civic engagement to contribute to a more stable and peaceful future for young generations in Lebanon.  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through USP supports public school graduates, selected through a merit-based process, with full four-year undergraduate scholarships. USAID covers the fees for tuition, housing expenses, medical insurance, textbooks, and a monthly stipend.  In addition to formal education, USP requires the students to be actively engaged in community service through a community based project, leadership activities, and volunteering.

Along with DCM Danny Hall, other participants included USAID Mission Director, Dr. Anne Patterson; LAU President Dr. Joseph Jabbra, LAU faculty, USP scholars from LAU and the American University of Beirut (AUB), and representatives of 24 CSOs from various regions in the Bekaa, North and Beirut supported by USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI).

In his remarks, DCM Danny Hall reiterated US Government support for learning initiatives in Lebanon.   In the last ten years, USAID has invested more than $241 million in education, of which $99.5 million is intended to support talented young people to access top quality education at LAU and AUB through USP.  He specifically highlighted the importance of coupling this strong academic foundation with volunteering and community work to create well-rounded individuals that can lead the country to a more prosperous future.

Since 2010, nearly 745 public school graduates from across Lebanon have received scholarships to study at LAU and AUB.  The student beneficiaries, through USP, experience rigorous academic standards and a campus environment that promotes social equality and critical thinking.