Correction for the Record: U.S. Scholarship Support Continues Despite Ambassador’s Cancelled Peshawar Speech (April 4, 2012)
Correction for the Record: U.S. Scholarship Support Continues Despite Ambassador’s Cancelled Peshawar Speech
Islamabad, April o4,2012
For Immediate Release
Contact Mark Stroh, Spokesperson
Local and national media have reported statements from the University of Peshawar’s Chairman of Political Science alleging that thousands of U.S.-funded scholarships for university students were withdrawn following the cancellation of Ambassador Cameron Munter’s visit to the university. These statements are not factual.
While the Pakistani government’s cancellation of the Ambassador’s speech for security reasons was disappointing, it did not have any effect on U.S. support for underprivileged students in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA. Since 2008, USAID’s FATA Livelihoods Program has provided scholarships to more than 1,360 students across the region. Over 90 percent of these scholarships have assisted students from low income households who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to continue their education.
The United States is committed to continuing to work with the Pakistani government to improve educational opportunities for KP and FATA’s talented youth.