March 7, 2023, Islamabad: To help Pakistani university students from flood-affected districts finish their degrees, the U.S. government announced 500 new scholarships. The scholarships were announced by U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome at a celebration of female scholars’ accomplishments in honor of International Women’s Day at the Higher Education Commission in Islamabad.
Federal Minister of Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Chairman of the Higher Education Commission Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority Lieutenant General Inam Haider Malik, Higher Education Commission Executive Director Dr. Shaista Sohail, Director of USAID Mission Reed Aeschliman, vice chancellors of universities, students, and alumni were all in attendance at the event. U.S. Government Announces Scholarships for Pakistani Students Hit by Floods Areas
Through USAID, the United States has provided scholarships for deserving but financially disadvantaged students to attend prestigious Pakistani universities. Through the Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program, the United States government and the Higher Education Commission have given out over 6,000 scholarships. As part of the United States government’s support for women’s higher education, sixty percent of those scholarships have been given to women.
“International Women’s Day is more than just a day to honor our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and daughters for their social, economic, cultural, and political accomplishments. Ambassador Blome stated, “It is also a call to action to accelerate gender parity and to dismantle gender stereotypes.”
USAID’s support for education in Pakistan visit : usaid.gov/pakistan/our-work/education
“U.S. government support to strategic sectors in Pakistan, especially the higher education sector, is commendable,” stated HEC Chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed. Not only have these scholarships assisted in providing Pakistan with essential skills and knowledge sets to drive the economy, but they have also helped lift many underprivileged students out of poverty, enabling them and their families to attend college.