English Access Microscholarship (Access) Program

The English Access Microscholarship (Access) Program provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged communities through after-school classes and intensive sessions. Access program lead the participants to better jobs and educational prospects. Participants also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future exchange programs and study in the United States.
Access graduates posing with frame

THE PROGRAM

The Access Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State, offers 18-month of English language instruction and additional workshops that introduce the youth to American culture, community service, and career enhancement resources.

The program’s curriculum strengthens English speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills, and extracurricular activities provide additional opportunities to improve English language proficiency as well as help build leadership skills and promote personal development. Activities include guest speakers, field trips for cultural activities (such as watching cultural films, exhibitions, and concerts), and visits to a variety of organizations.

Access students who excel may qualify for special Access enrichment programs or scholarships such as the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program.
 

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

The 18-month curriculum will consist of 360 instructional hours as follows.

  • English language instruction
  • Cultural enrichment and development of leadership skills
  • Community service activities

ELIGIBILITY 

  • Underprivileged/disadvantaged background
  • Cumulative grade average of A (90%) and a grade of A (90%) or better in English for the 2020-2021 academic year;
  • Currently in 9th or 10th grade
  • Born before March 1st, 2009
  • NOT an American citizen or Green Card holder
  • Committed and able to participate in the 18-month English language training program beginning in March 2022 to September 2023
  • Willing to participate in American cultural enrichment and community service activities
  • Resides in one of the following cities/districts
NablusJerichoGaza City
RamallahJerusalemRafah
JeninBethlehemKhan Younis
QalqiliyaHebronNorth Gaza
SalfeetTulkaremGaza Middle Camp

HOW TO APPLY

Amideast is no longer accepting applications for the 2021-2023 English Access Microscholarship Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State. The 2022-2024 English Access Microscholarship Program program will be announced in late 2022. 

 

 

 

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Access is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by Amideast.