The English Access Microscholarship Program provides academically high-achieving young people from disadvantaged sectors of the city the opportunity to broaden their horizons through English language learning and exposure to U.S. culture and customs.
This program, which was set up by the U.S. State Department in 2004, is run in over 85 countries around the world and started in Colombia in 2009 with groups in Medellín, Apartadó, and Quibdó.
This social impact program, which is run on a global scale, is designed to provide academically gifted, low-income Afro Colombian and indigenous high school students with English and leadership training so that they can obtain goals that seemed out of their reach hitherto. The program allows students to reach a solid B1+ level in the English competences, and involves the development and improvement of leadership and professional skills through a series of workshops which include mentoring as well as cultural and immersion activities. Upon ending the program, students take an English test preparation course so that they can be better prepared for the admissions process at a university in Colombia or possibly abroad.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Fellowship Program is an institutionalized, sustainable initiative that selects high-achieving university students of Afro- and Indigenous Colombian heritage to receive a total of two years of English language training and leadership activities designed to make them better-prepared for the educational and professional challenges they will face upon graduation from the university.
Inaugurated in 2006, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Program was designed to address a problem of the social, economic and racial inequality in the awarding of scholarships and in educational and employment opportunities in Colombia. Highly qualified Afro- and Indigenous Colombian students were being overlooked for these opportunities, and the lack of English language skills was most often cited as the principle reason. As a result, the MLK program was designed to provide a vehicle for change for exceptional students to become fully prepared to compete nationally and internationally, effectively leveling the playing field so that well-deserving students from even the most in-need communities could reach their goals.
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