September 23, 2011

SUNY Empire State College Offers Scholarships to College Students in Haiti to Help Rebuild Nation

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(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Sept. 28, 2011) – State University of New York Empire State College is offering 20 scholarships to Haitian college students through the Emergency Scholarship Program for Haiti offered by the Organization of American States. The scholarships will allow Haitian college students to select from five courses offered by SUNY Empire State College for the January term, in addition to courses offered by other colleges and universities.

The Organization of American States developed the Emergency Scholarship Program for Haiti to enable Haitian students to pursue studies at a distance with the goal of contributing to the capacity of the Haitian nation to rebuild after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010.

Through the Emergency Scholarship Program for Haiti, the Organization of American States will offer scholarships for university studies, via the Internet  and training and professional development of teachers in partnership with approved institutions of higher education. Only Haitians living in Haiti are entitled to apply for scholarships.

“Everyone is aware of what an enormous impact the earthquake had on Haiti, interrupting life at its most basic and fundamental levels,” said SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis. “While there has been an outpouring of support globally to help this hard-hit country, we view educating its workforce as something concrete that we, as a college, can contribute to the rebuilding of Haiti. Ultimately, it is the Haitian people who will move forward to restore their own country, and we are honored to be able to, in some positive way, help out.”

The courses available through Empire State College's Center for Distance Learning are: Introduction to Human Services, Management Principles, Marketing Principles, Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Introduction to Emergency Management. All are offered online and run for 15 weeks. Registration for the term starts Nov. 15 and the OAS scholarship application deadline is Nov. 30, 2011.

Empire State College will waive tuition for the 20 OAS/Empire State College scholarship recipients who will participate in the five courses. The GS/OAS will select the scholarship recipients through its own recruitment and selection process and refer nominees to the college for approval.

 About SUNY Empire State College
SUNY Empire State College, celebrating its 40th year throughout 2011, was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies or a blended model. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 22,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. More information about the college’s 40th anniversary is available on the college’s 40th anniversary web page.

About the Organization of American States
Founded in 1948, The Organization of American States is a public, international organization with headquarters in Washington, DC. It is the world’s oldest regional organization, tracing its history back to the First International Conference of American States, held in Washington, D.C., from October 1889 to April 1890. Today, the OAS brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the hemisphere. In addition, it has granted permanent observer status to 62 states, as well as to the European Union.

The organization uses a four-pronged approach to effectively implement its essential purposes, based on its main pillars: democracy, human rights, security and development. The scholarships are offered through its Department of Human Development, Education and Culture.