The U.S. embassy in Athens is offering 200 education scholarships to 200 refugees in Athens and Thessaloniki (100 from each city), in an effort to provide opportunities to displaced students and allow them to continue their education.
The program, titled “Education Unites: from Camp to Campus”, is a collaboration between the embassy and The American College of Thessaloniki-Anatolia College, The American College of Greece – Deree, and Perrotis College-American Farm School.
Its aim is to provide young refugees “with knowledge, skills and academic credits they can use either in Greece or in any other European country they move to in the future,” the embassy explains on its website. It also says it will help them “get out of the camps and become integrated in local colleges; and offer young refugees hope for the future.”
“Our goal is to help Greece manage the refugee crisis and refugees to acquire new skills to rejoin the academic environment,” U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, said in a press conference presenting the program.
“The embassy and government of the United States are very proud of this initiative being implemented and shows what the U.S. approach to education and excellence is, as well as the importance we attach to strengthening the ties between the U.S. and Greece through education,” he added.
The scholarships will offer two courses per student for the next two semesters (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018) in the three U.S. affiliated colleges in Athens and Thessaloniki. The courses offered will include preparatory English classes, academic classes in diverse fields based on the participants’ educational background, as well as vocational training.