U.S. Embassy Banjul Scholars Program Launched

On November 16, U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy section launched its Banjul Scholars Program as part of activities marking International Education Week.  Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup launched the Program at our American Corner Comium and engaged young scholars in a lively question and answer session bordering on the relevance of education and U.S. higher education.

“I am happy to say that for her size, The Gambia is well-represented in U.S. universities. Gambian students are currently enrolled in more than 240 institutions in 36 states. Today, we have 299 Gambians studying in the U.S., up from 274 last year.  We consider this a very significant number given the population size of the country,” Ambassador disclosed at the event.

Banjul Scholars Club is a closed group of up to 40 members chosen from among the highest-achieving students from selected senior secondary schools within the Greater Banjul Area.  The Club will complement State Department’s EducationUSA global programs by promoting U.S. higher education to members.  During monthly meetings, Club members will have access to accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States.