Leading US Universities to Welcome TLP-SP Students
This summer, a group of 55 TLP-SP scholarship winners will head for the United States to complete master’s degrees in study areas ranging from law, to business, to engineering, and gender studies. The group of TLP Scholars recently completed a two-day Pre-Departure Orientation held in Prishtina.
An unprecedented pool of nearly 500 Kosovars applied for this final round of TLP-SP Master’s scholarships. The distinguished winners were announced this February at an event with USAID’s Mission Director, James Hope and Kosovo’s Minister of Education, Science, and Technology, Arsim Bajrami.
World Learning placement staff matched each student to programs at leading US universities that best fit the students’ chosen field of study. TLP-SP students from this final round of scholarships will study at thirty-six different universities in twenty-four different states. Universities include top private schools such as Columbia, Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, and Duke, as well as prestigious public research universities such as the Universities of Minnesota, Washington, Texas, and Maryland, among others.
"When you arrive in the United States, you will see that the school that World Learning staff chose for you was really researched thoroughly," said USAID’s Acting Economic Growth Director Brian Fahey during the students’ Pre-Departure Orientation. In order to identify optimal programs of study for the TLP scholars, World Learning program staff submitted more than 200 applications to universities across the United States on behalf of TLP students.
These placements bring the total number of TLP master’s student placements to 185, the original target when the program was launched in 2013. Scholars who have already completed their programs of study have performed well at US universities, with an average GPA of 3.71. According to Carl Hammerdorfer, TLP-SP Chief of Party, “most of our scholars have also distinguished themselves through outstanding extra-curricular work, including research, publications, philanthropic, and scientific achievements, in addition to their high performance in the classroom.”
The Transformational Leadership Program - Scholarships and Partnerships (TLP-SP) is a partnership co-funded by USAID-Kosovo and the Government of Kosovo and administered by World Learning. The project, launched on February 24, 2014, will develop a cadre of leaders and equip the abilities of other Kosovars to drive change in priority economic, political, and social areas in Kosovo. Learn more at www.usaid-tlp-sp.org.