Lima, Peru — The United States Embassy in Lima, Peru and the English language institute Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (ICPNA) have partnered up in a special two year program designed to help Peru’s economically disadvantaged students learn English.
By way of the College Horizons Outreach program, the US Embassy and ICPNA will provide a two year scholarship to 25 students from public schools in the Lima and Callao metropolitan area based on their high academic performance. The scholarships will include all costs associated with tuition, books, stationary supplies, and transportation for the duration of two consecutive years.
The scholarship also includes the support of a mentor to ensure students adhere to the academic stipulations of the scholarship. English courses for those students provided with scholarships will begin in January 2007.
The program currently counts with the support of the United States Department of State, which is contemplating the possibility of assisting the selected students in continuing on with higher education.
The program establishes a commitment by parents to observe and ensure their children’s dedication as a crucial stipulation.
As a binational cultural center, ICPNA’s main objective is to contribute to community development by way of its cultural and learning programs, and its active participation in social responsibility. ICPNA strives to integrate and strengthen cooperation links between Peru and the United States.
The Cultural head of the U.S. Embassy, Paul G. Degler, and the General Director of ICPNA, Percy Canales, welcomed those students chosen for their outstanding academic merits and formalized the first edition of the program.
The General Director of ICPNA emphasized that learning English will be the key that opens new opportunities for the students’ professional development, and even a possibility to study in the United States.
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