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U.S. awards scholarships to students in Limón



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Published on Monday, March 4, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff



A group of twenty-eight students from Técnico Profesional High School and Limón City High School, both in the province of Limón, were selected to learn English as part of the United States sponsorship Access scholarship program.


The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to bright, economically disadvantaged students, primarily between the ages of 13 to 20, in their home countries.


Access programs give participants English skills that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects. Participants also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future exchanges and study in the United States.


The U.S. Embassy states that sessions for 14 and 16-year-old students start the first week of March and end in February 2026.


The courses will be offered at the Limón campus of the Technological Institute of Costa Rica. Teachers from the Costa Rica Technological Foundation (FUNDATEC) will be leading the classes.





"These students were chosen for the Access program in recognition of their leadership and academic achievements, " stated Elizabeth Smith, the U.S. Embassy's Cultural Attaché. "We hope and aim that the new English language skills they acquire over the next two years will open doors to better jobs, education, and future exchange program participation."


Another thirty-six students from San Carlos Canton in Alajuela Province will get their English language scholarship as part of the same initiative in the upcoming weeks.


More than 1,400 students have taken part in Access since the program's launch in Costa Rica in 2009.


Since its inception in 2004, approximately 150,000 students in more than 80 countries have participated in the Access Program.


The U.S. offers numerous programs to assist public school pupils, one of which is the Access Program Grant. Recently, the U.S. provided more than $2.4 million in donations to public schools in Guanacaste Province.


In December, the U.S. sponsored the University Horizons Extension Program for learning English in Limón Province.




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