The Office of English Language Programs announces an open competition for the administration of the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access), which provides a foundation of English language skills to bright 13- to 20-year olds from disadvantaged sectors overseas through in-country after school
classes and intensive sessions.
The scholarships fund in-country study for English classes close to the students' homes.
The Cooperative Agreement recipient‟s role is to disburse funds to in-country educational service providers selected by U. S. Embassies.
These funds will support in-country educational service providers‟ activities such as English language programming for Access students and in-service teacher training for Access directors and teachers.
In addition, the recipient will provide at least two U. S. workshops, one for selected Access directors and teachers and the other for selected Access students.
The student workshop will focus on increasing English language proficiency through project-based learning.
These projects include building the Access students‟ leadership and community service skills and increasing their understanding of U. S. culture and society.
The Access directors‟ and teachers‟ workshop will focus on providing linguistic enhancement through immersion studies with firsthand exposure to the U. S. and the ability to share these experiences with Access students through their English language lessons and enhancement activities as well as share their experience with other Access teachers through teacher training seminars.