Access Microscholarship Program
The English Access Micro-scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and is part of the Office of English Language Program's suite of initiatives.
The English Access Micro-scholarship Program provides a foundation of English language skills to talented youth from economically disadvantaged sectors through after school classes and intensive sessions. The program gives 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. Since its inception in 2004, over 95,000 students in more than 85 countries have participated in the Access Program.
In Mongolia the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar overseas the implementation of this State Department program, and Educational Advising Resource Center (EARC) had become the first institution to host Access program in 2006. Access programs run 2 years each. Since its launch, five Access programs had been organized in Mongolia graduating more than 350 secondary school children ages 13-20. EARC had hosted this program in its centers in Ulaanbaatar, Dornod, Khovd, and Bayan-Ulgii provinces.
In 2010, the program expanded its scope to be accessible to students with disability. Hence the Mongolian Education Alliance (MEA) had become the 2nd institution to host the Special Access Micro-scholarship program for students with hearing and vision disability at schools #29 and #116 respectively. This year marks the commencement of this program, and more than 40 students are graduating with enriched knowledge of not only American sign language and Braille tactile writing skills, but with extensive knowledge about American culture, long lasting friendship, and greater opportunities towards their future.
Currently the Access 6 program that started this Fall is running. May you wish to be learn more about this program you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Access host institutions through EARC, and MEA.