SEED Program Staff:
Dr. Alberto Miller
Claudia Sofia Beebe
Coordinator SEED Program
Assistant SEED Program
SEED Program Itself
Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) are an international development program, which awards scholarships to deserving, hardworking youth. The SEED program is administered by Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED) in Washington, D.C. and sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Essential partners include countries in Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico, community-based educational institutions throughout the United States, and caring families who have hosted participants as they begin their studies and leadership training in this country.
SEED is much more than scholarships; its focus is on development. The goal of SEED reaches beyond simply preparing socio-economically disadvantaged young people with academic, technical, and professional skills to enter the job market, although this is a major part of the SEED experience.
The SEED program prepares students as able leaders who return to their home countries to fulfill a life commitment to aid in the development of their families, communities, and countries by sharing the benefits of their training and working to help others.
In order to be considered for a SEED scholarship, applicants must demonstrate leadership qualities, a desire to serve others, and a strong commitment to return home. Today, as a testament to the success of the program there are over 5,000 SEED alumni who are working to affect change in their home countries.
About the SEED Program
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SEED Program is?
The Program Scholarship for Education and Economic Development, is highly competitive and strives to ensure that only the best candidates, both academically and in terms of demonstrated personal qualities, are awarded scholarships. Moreover, the Program significantly enhances public diplomacy efforts of the United States government by ensuring that participants learn firsthand about the fundamentals of civil society and free market economy. Countries currently participating in the program are the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.
The official application process screens the applicants’ biographical and socio-economic data. U.S. Government agencies also conduct extensive background checks before issuing of the J-1 Visa.
SEED scholarships provide training to youth and community leaders from economically disadvantaged and historically underserved populations, including women and ethnic/Indigenous groups, to become key protagonists in their countries’ development.
"A group of Students from Central America and the Caribbean danced for an Ethnic Festival (October, 2011)"
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“Profiles of SEED Students”
SEED students are high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 25. They are of socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds from seven participating countries. Many are from indigenous and minority groups. Eighty percent of students are from rural areas, and at least fifty percent of the total number of scholarships is awarded to women.
In-country interview committees evaluate scholarship candidates on the basis of their academic background, enthusiasm for learning and improving their education and cross-cultural sharing, leadership potential, and above all, their commitment to returning home to serve their communities.
Upon their arrival in their U.S. host community, the selected students work hard to learn and excel academically as well as in their extra-curricular and leadership activities. They also organize activities and events to share their cultures and offer many hours as volunteers to local U.S. organizations.
On the college campuses, the SEED students quickly become an example and inspiration to others due to their dedication, hard work, enthusiasm, friendliness, and desire to share their cultures, learn from others, and develop their skills. The SEED students who attend Broome Community College study for a career in Quality Assurance or Small and Medium Businesses.