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UMass Dartmouth- Student receives Clinton Scholarship

UMass Dartmouth has it's first Clinton Scholarship recipient, Teresa McGrath, she will be studying at the American University in Dubai during the fall 2008 semester. Teresa is a junior history major here at UMass Dartmouth. This scholarship will provide her with a 100% tuition waiver for the program as well as housing during the semester.

The Clinton Scholars Program at the American University in Dubai has an aim to create a partnership for bridging the gap of cultural understanding between America and the Arab world, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Scholars at the American University in Dubai. In partnership with the American University in Dubai and in the spirit of a strong relationship with HH Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, this program is a means to promote cultural understanding and further Dubai's achievements to promote multiculturalism and economic development.

The scholars program gives up to 10 American students per semester the opportunity to study and live in Dubai, immersing themselves in the culture and observing the economic and democratic development of a modern Arab state. This program advances the goals of the Clinton Foundation, as the students' experiences will strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence and pursue racial, ethnic and religious reconciliation.

President Clinton hopes and believes that participating students will return to the United States and not only encourage others to experience Dubai and other Arab States, but also share their understanding and knowledge of the Arab world with their communities. President Clinton announced this scholarship program in 2003 while speaking to 30 international students at the American University of Dubai. The first class of Clinton Scholars arrived in Dubai in 2004.

5/2/08