Lahore: February 8, 2018: The USAID-funded Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship Program (MNBSP) celebrated the achievements of its scholars at a ceremony held at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). USAID Provincial Director Lea E. Swanson, Adviser Higher Education Commission (HEC) Wasim S. Hashmi Syed, Dean Scoolbof Science and Engineering Dr. Shahid Masood, officials from HEC and sixty MNBSP alumni who graduated from LUMS attended the ceremony.
MNBSP funds full-tuition scholarships and stipends for talented, economically disadvantaged Pakistani youth to earn their bachelor’s or master’s degree at one of 30 partner universities across Pakistan. MNBSP scholarships have enabled 185 deserving students to study at LUMS in the fields of Business, Engineering, and Technology. Mr. Swanson stated:
It is heartening to see the impact that the program has on the lives of its alumni – some of whom were the first in their families to be able to study at a university. These scholars are helping to form an ambitious workforce that will accelerate Pakistan’s economic development.
Ms. Swanson distributed certificates to the eight recent scholarship recipients who have joined LUMS for higher studies.
Addressing the audience, Mr. Hashmi stated,
USAID’s support complements the Government of Pakistan’s efforts to provide equal opportunities and quality education to all citizens.
He acknowledged the United States for its collaboration on initiatives supporting the Pakistani education system at every level, from primary to post-graduate education. Mr. Hashmi added,
Working together, we have given young men and women the opportunity to go to university, equipped new teachers with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom, and supported research in areas critical to Pakistan’s development.
The USAID-funded Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship Program aligns with the Higher Education Commission’s objectives to support financially deserving meritorious students, improve access to quality education, and encourage academic interest in fields vital to Pakistan’s economic development.
Since 2004, USAID has awarded more than 4,900 scholarships in the fields of Agriculture Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Medicine, and Social Sciences to young people living in some of the most remote areas of Pakistan.