FEA expands reach with new Access Partners and increase in destination-specific scholarships
Washington, D.C., September 30, 2019—The American University in Cairo (AUC), an American-accredited institution and leader in higher education in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, has joined forces with The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) as an Access Partner to provide scholarships to high-achieving U.S. undergraduates who are underrepresented in the study abroad population.
FEA’s Access Partner program is a collaborative venture launched in 2017 to bring together study abroad providers and international education leaders to create scholarship opportunities for students with financial need seeking to participate in international education academic programs.
“For almost 100 years, students from around the globe have chosen to study at The American University in Cairo,” said AUC President Francis J. Ricciardone. “Currently, we have more than 60 countries represented on both campuses. Helping students realize their aspirations for higher education is a top priority for AUC. As a result, almost half of our student body receives scholarships, fellowships or financial aid. We are so grateful that FEA shares our values and will help us advance AUC goals of diversity and inclusion.”
AUC Associate Provost for Strategic Enrollment Management and Associate Professor of Marketing Ahmed H. Tolba, Ph.D., will join the program’s Access Advisory Board (AAB). Comprising staff representatives of each member organization, the AAB offers guidance and feedback on the Access Partner program.
AUC joins established Access Partners AIFS Study Abroad, CAPA The Global Education Network, SIT Study Abroad, The Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA), Terra Dotta, The Intern Group, The University of Auckland, School for Field Studies (SFS), CET Academic Programs, University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), GoAbroad.com, DIS Abroad, and FIE: Foundation for International Education.
“We are thrilled to welcome AUC to the Access Partner Program, which continues to expand impact as a collaborative venture of many international education leaders,” said FEA Executive Director Jennifer Calvert. “We are also excited that Egypt has joined the growing list of destination-specific scholarships FEA offers.”
Additional destination-specific funding is available via The A. Rewari Family Scholarship for Study Abroad in Denmark, DIS Access Partner Scholarships, and The South India Term Abroad Nallennam Scholarship, all newly available for the 2019-2020 application cycle, which is open through January 21.
Access Partners have pledged support of up to $5,000 per semester to FEA scholarship applicants who are planning to participate on one of their study abroad programs. Qualified applicants studying on programs hosted by providers in FEA’s Access Partner program may receive additional dedicated scholarship funds. Detailed information is available at http://fundforeducationabroad.org/access-partners .
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About the Fund for Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population, making life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. FEA Access Partners participate on the FEA Access Advisory Board (AAB), established to share best practices in international education and actively engage in FEA’s mission to increase the number of Americans studying abroad. FEA is a Guidestar Platinum participant, and won the 2015 Diversity Abroad Excellence in Diversifying International Education Award and GoAbroad.com’s 2015 Innovation in Philanthropy Award. Follow FEA at www.fundforeducationabroad.org, and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr and on Twitter: @FEAScholarships.
About American Univeristy in Cairo AUC
Founded in 1919, The American University in Cairo (AUC) is a leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and center of intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab world. Its community of students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, alumni and other generous sponsors represent more than 60 countries. The University stands as a crossroads for the world’s cultures and a vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across the diversity of languages, facilities and human experiences. The University offers 36 undergraduate, 44 master’s and two PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourages students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing both the region and the world. It also offers a globally recognized professional community-based education in English to meet the needs of the dynamic Egyptian and broader regional economies.