In a ceremony held on February 25, U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Stephen Beecroft awarded scholarship certificates to the newest group of Access English students. The scholarships provide two years of high-quality English language classes and extracurricular activities to Egyptian youth throughout the country. Since 2006, over 2600 Egyptian high school students have graduated from the Access Program.
“You are entering a program that will help you gain useful tools for a better future,” Ambassador Beecroft told 684 young Egyptian students as he congratulated them on being selected for a U.S. Department of State-supported Access Scholarship to learn English. “Not only will the program help you become a fluent English speaker, it will also provide the opportunity to practice job skills such as interviewing, to enhance your computer expertise, and to gain experience working in teams on community service projects.”
Former Access Program students also participated in the ceremony, describing their experience and inspiring the new students. One Access graduate speaker described how his experience in the English course helped him get a job with an international company (Vodafone) and gave him the skills he needed to be promoted.
Access Program scholarships in Egypt are awarded yearly through the Embassy’s Regional English Language Office (RELO) and under the umbrella of the worldwide English Access Microscholarship Program. Classes in Egypt are provided by three Access program implementing partners: the American University in Cairo, AMIDEAST, and E-ERA.