On April 11, 2019, U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur launched the English Access Microscholarship program at Kolej Islam Antarabangsa Sultan Ismail Petra (KIAS). Forty bright students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds were selected to participate in this two-year program.
The Access program, funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, integrates cross-curricular approaches to attract students to learn English and expose them to a better understanding and knowledge of the United States, its people and culture. At the Opening Ceremony, the male Access students performed a religious choir (nasyid) in English whilst the female students recited English poems. The program concluded with the presentation of certificates by Cultural Affairs Officer Michael Quinlan. Following that, the students visited the American Corner at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) and had English activities on Wildlife of the United States of America led by English Language Fellow Rose Graves