U.S. Consul General Lahore Inaugurates English Access Microscholarship Program in Sargodha

Sargodha, December 20, 2018 U.S. Consul General Colleen Crenwelge today welcomed 125 Pakistani students to the U.S. Department of State-funded English Access Microscholarship Program in Sargodha.
The Access program provides English language skills to students between the ages of 13 and 20 through free after-school classes and intensive learning activities related to U.S. and Pakistani culture, the development of information technology skills, leadership, and community service.  Students become better equipped to further Pakistan’s socioeconomic development and participate in exchange and study programs, including in the United States.
Consul General Crenwelge told participants that the Access program “will make you better students by helping you develop your English, leadership, and critical thinking skills.  In the two-year program, you will have opportunities to participate in language learning activities ranging from community service projects to public speaking workshops.”  She encouraged students to take full advantage of these opportunities, pursue their English studies even after the Access program ends, and inspire others to give back to their communities.
The U.S. Consulate General in Lahore is partnering for the second time with the University of Sargodha to conduct this Access program.
The U.S. Department of State supports Access programs in 80 countries.  In Pakistan, more than 2,500 students are participating in Access programs, and more than 13,000 students have graduated from Access programs since 2004.