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6 Scholarships Granted to Haitian Students for U.S. Universities

Valéry Bennett

National Palace Correspondent

US Embassy UGRAD 2016

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince announced that from 150 applicants, six students were granted a State Department scholarship to live on campus and study at a university in the United States this approaching semester.

The Public Affairs Office of the embassy welcomed those students who were granted participation in the exchange through the 2016 Global Undergraduate Exchange (UGRAD) Program. This program is of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State that provides to a diverse group of emerging undergraduate student leaders, a substantive exchange experience for one semester or one academic year in a non-degree program.

The students will be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program in the United States and will live on the university campus. The students will have the opportunity to receive in-depth exposure of the U.S. society, culture and academic institutions. To qualify the students must had completed at least one year of undergraduate study in Haiti and they must return to Haiti upon completion of the program.

The scholarship students are (from left to right):

  • Olius Clervil, theology student at Adventist University Diquini admitted to the Iowa Wesleyan University;
  • Thodly Johanna Dugué, student in computer science at the Higher School of Haiti Infotronique (ESIH), admitted to the Lincoln University, Pennsylvania;
  • Jean Brière Charles, student in Forest agronomy at the American University of Les Cayes, admitted to the North Dakota University;
  • Christie Anne Maho Duperval, student in Legal Sciences at the University of Notre Dame d’Haiti (UNDH), admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire;
  • Vanessa Archer, student in diplomacy and international relations at the Diplomatic and International Studies Centre (CEDI), admitted to the University of Minesota, Twin Cities; and
  • Jean Roudy Abellard, student in diplomacy and international relations to the CEDI, admitted to the California State University, Monterey bay.

In a tweet, the U.S. Embassy sent its best wishes on their departure.

The scholarships are available for all academic fields and students aged 24 or younger may apply. Students must be proficient in English (minimum TOEFL score: 500). English language training may be available for selected students. Once accepted students will travel to the U.S. in the fall or winter.

The 2016 students went through a rigorous selection process before being selected from over 150 applicants.

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About The Author

Valéry Bennett is a graduate student of Digital Publishing at ESCP, Paris. He is of Haitian descent and participates in the biennial mission trip with his church.