(Click to enlarge) From left to right: Mr. Guteriano Soares Neves, Timor-Leste, and Mr. Endy Bayuni, East-West Center in Washington visiting fellow, discuss the scholarship program.

(Click to enlarge) A group of US-South Pacific and US-Timor-Leste Program scholars take a picture with Ms. Victoria Augustine, U.S. Department of State.

EWCW Hosts Recipients of the U.S.-South Pacific & U.S.-Timor-Leste Scholarship Programs

WASHINGTON, DC (June 10, 2011) -- The East-West Center in Washington hosted a reception in honor of the student recipients of the U.S.-South Pacific (USSP) and the U.S.-Timor-Leste (USTL) Scholarship Programs, which are funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the East-West Center (EWC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. This group of thirteen students was led by Mr. Gene Vricella, Scholarship Program Coordinator with the Education Program at the East-West Center. Also attending the reception were some of the students' supervisors in Washington D.C., representatives of Pacific nation embassies, representatives of the U.S. Department of State and EWC alumni from the Washington, D.C. chapter.

The student fellows are degree candidates at universities in the United States in various fields that their sponsor hopes will eventually assist them in developing leadership qualities and skills that will contribute to the human resource capacity and development of their respective countries. 

One of the scholarship program requirements is an approximately five-week summer internship experience during which these students have a professional appointment, typically in Washington, DC, in an organization or government agency that is engaged in work related to the student’s major field of study.  During their internships, the USSP and USTL student fellows also engage in cultural enrichment activities. 

Following the internship experience, the student fellows will spend one week in a home stay with an American family in Portland, Oregon before returning to their respective campuses to continue their studies. 

You can learn more about these fellowship programs and other student programs administered by the East-West Center by visiting the Student Programs webpage. ###