The CIEE Access Scholarship began three years ago with the aim to help students from under-represented countries gain the life-changing perspective and understanding that comes from living and working in the United States. This year we have received donations reaching nearly $30,000 from employers and individuals to help support this valuable program. We would like to thank Basin Harbor Club, Benjamin Franklin, Cedar Fair, Deer Valley, Maureen King from Harris Teeter, Migis Hotel Group, Morey’s Piers, Six Flags, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, Wilderness Resort, and Xanterra Parks & Resorts for their generous contributions towards CIEE Access Scholarship Fund.
CIEE is dedicated to continuing this scholarship fund. With your help, CIEE can continue to provide a diverse population of participants with the skills, competencies, and experience necessary to contribute positively to our global community. Thank you for your continued support — we couldn't do it without you!
Please consider making a donation to our scholarship initiative. You can donate in one of two easy ways:
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Cara Mills at 207-553-4019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This summer we have 29 Access Scholars who will continue to develop their roles as global citizens and grow personally and professionally through their experience. Summer 2017 scholarship recipients come from Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and the Palestine Territories. Here are the stories behind some of our scholars:
Cheryl Tanisha Pablo Torres, Nicaragua
Cheryl is studying diplomacy and international relations at university in her home country of Nicaragua, and is looking forward to experiencing life in America for the first time. She says “I live in a country with a very diverse culture, so seeing cultural experience is what I am most excited about. Also, my career demands us to be outgoing, independent, and disciplined, and having a job in a foreign country is the best and most fun way to practice that and learn even more!”
After she finishes her studies, Cheryl aspires to work for a nongovernmental organization like UNICEF in the future with a focus on improving the lives of children who are suffering from poverty and hunger.
Mahmoud Abdalkarim, Palestine
Mahmoud is an exchange program veteran, having studied in Germany as a high school student. He is now studying computer science engineering at university in his home of Palestine, and his dream is to work as an engineer for Google. A four-time honor list student, Mahmoud describes himself as a global citizen with a passion to correct the misperceptions people have on life in Palestine. In his own words, Mahmoud “loves travelling and exploring new things, and I believe that this program will allow me to explore a wide range of new experiences….I’m also really excited about meeting and making new friends from all over the world!”
We have been so impressed by these scholars’ inspiring applications, and we are eager to see how this select group of students will enhance communities and workplaces across the United States. They are excited to start their summer and committed to make the most of this opportunity. In the words of one participant from Nicaragua shared with fellow scholars “Let's go and work hard while having fun. And make CIEE staff proud for choosing us to represent our countries.”
By Ella Studdiford, Project Manager, Access Scholarship, and
Cara Mills, Director, Employer Relations