The Cultural Affairs Officer (CAO) Michael Quinlan together with Ustaz Abu Bakar bin Mat Saad, Senior Director of Education of Pahang Islamic Department (JAIP), launched the second cohort of the Embassy’s English Access Microscholarship program at Sekolah Menengah Agama Rompin in Pahang on October 13, 2017. About 80 people attended the launch, including the Access students, their parents, teachers, Access alumni and officials from the Pahang State Education Department. The opening ceremony started with a video presentation of previous Access activities followed by a choir of students who memorized and performed the Miley Cyrus song ‘Climb.’ CAO Michael Quinlan presented forty students with Certificates of Award to mark the start of a two-year program of English Access Microscholarship.
The English Access Microscholarship program provides a foundation of English language skills to bright, economically disadvantaged 13-20 year-olds through two-year program of after-school classes and intensive summer learning activities. Community outreach, leadership, critical thinking and IT skills further the students’ abilities to become responsible global citizens with a strong understanding of U.S. culture and values. Since 2003, more than 118,00 students in over 85 countries have been awarded scholarships.