About the Author: Rick Snelsire serves as Spokesperson for U.S. Embassy Islamabad.
Highlighting the importance of people-to-people ties between the United States and Pakistan, on February 2, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson distributed certificates in a ceremony recognizing 60 students who participated in the U.S. funded English Access Microscholarship program.
The 60 students, hailing from the Sir Syed School in Rawalpindi, participated in an intensive two year English study program, including both intensive afterschool classes and summer learning activities, and transformed their English language skills. The U.S. government-sponsored English Access Microscholarship program at the Sir Syed School was the first of its kind in the Islamabad/Rawalpindi region. It is being expanded to include 800 new students from around the country this year.
Addressing the students, their parents, and Sir Syed School principal Mr. Waqar Ahmed Shaikh, Ambassador Patterson said, "We believe in helping students develop English skills that will give them tools to further their academic goals, enhance their career prospects, and help build a strong relationship between our countries."