AFS-USA and BP Offer Full Scholarships to Study Abroad to High School Students in Chicagoland, Greater Puget Sound and Texas

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Full scholarships are available to high school students in Chicagoland, Greater Puget Sound and the entire state of Texas through the BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow Program administered by AFS-USA. Twenty-three scholarships are available to study for 10 months in five countries--Brazil, China, India, Malaysia or South Africa.

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“BP recognizes the value of investing in an interculturally fluent workforce. Our partnership with AFS is evidence of our commitment to develop...global citizens of tomorrow," says Redia Anderson, BP Chief Diversity Officer, Americas

AFS-USA Offers Full Scholarships to High School Students to Study Aboard

Full scholarships are available to high school students in Chicagoland, Greater Puget Sound and the entire state of Texas through the BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow Program administered by AFS-USA. This scholarship program is awarded to financially challenged students from diverse backgrounds with strong academic records and the desire to increase their cultural awareness and foreign language skills. Students with an interest in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) are encouraged to apply.

Twenty-three scholarships are available to study for 10 months in five countries--Brazil, China, India, Malaysia or South Africa. The scholarship covers the full program and includes international and domestic airfare. For more information and the application, visit: http://www.afsusa.org/bp.

This is the fourth year of the program, jointly sponsored by AFS-USA and BP. “BP recognizes the value of investing in an interculturally fluent workforce. Our partnership with AFS is evidence of our commitment to develop the talent of young students who are truly interested in becoming global citizens of tomorrow," says Redia Anderson, BP Chief Diversity Officer, Americas.

Brianna Rivera of Houston, TX studied in Brazil during the 2013-2014 academic year. She is currently a freshman at Emory University in Atlanta. "Becoming a BP Global Citizen taught me so much about the world and its workings. I don’t believe I would have had the skills and qualifications needed for admittance at such a prestigious university without my experience in Brazil. In addition, last summer, I interned at an energy investment bank in Houston where my international experience seemed to be a deciding factor in my acceptance into the internship program. The BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow has enabled me to seize every opportunity that comes my way.”

The scholarship program also hosts 25 students from the five participating countries who will come to the U.S. to study in Greater Chicago, Seattle and the state of Texas. If you live in one of these areas and are interested in hosting a BP scholarship recipient, learn more at: http://www.afsusa.org/host-family

About AFS
AFS, a worldwide, nonprofit organization, has been leading international high school student exchanges for more than 65 years. Each year, AFS-USA sends more than 1,100 U.S. students abroad, provides approximately $3 million in scholarship and financial aid and welcomes more than 2,300 international high school students who come to study in U.S. high schools and live with host families.

About BP
Over the past five years, BP has invested more than $55 billion in the U.S. – more than any other energy company. BP is the nation’s second-largest producer of oil and gas and provides enough energy annually to light nearly the entire country for a year. Directly employing more than 20,000 people in all 50 states, BP supports more than 260,000 jobs total through all of its business activities.

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Shameeka Leacock
Phone: 646 751-2218
Email: sleacock(at)afsusa(dot)org

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