A&T Receives 2024 IIE American Passport Project Grant for Study Abroad

By Labrina VanCliff / 04/12/2024 Academic Affairs

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 12, 2024) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has been awarded a prestigious 2024 IIE American Passport Project grant from the Institute of International Education Inc.

Proud to be an IIE American Passport Project Institution logoThis $4,125 grant signifies a significant milestone for N.C. A&T as it continues to prioritize global engagement and access to study abroad opportunities for its students.

“We believe that international experiences are invaluable for our students’ academic and personal development,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Tonya Smith-Jackson. “With the support of the IIE American Passport Project grant, we look forward to expanding access to study abroad opportunities and fostering a more diverse and globally aware campus community.”

The IIE American Passport Project grant facilitates and encourages participation in study abroad programs among Pell-eligible students by providing financial support for U.S. passport application fees. Through this grant, A&T will be able to nominate 25 eligible students and allocate $165 to each to cover the costs associated with obtaining a U.S. passport.

Recognizing the transformative impact of international experiences on academic and career development, A&T is committed to promoting access and equity in study abroad opportunities for all its students. By reducing the financial barrier to obtaining a U.S. passport, this grant aligns with the university’s mission to ensure that every student can engage with diverse cultures and perspectives through international education.

“We are thrilled to announce that North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has been awarded the prestigious IIE American Passport Project grant for the first time in its history, enabling our students to embark on transformative international experiences,” said Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Nakeshia Williams, Ph.D.

The award prioritizes first-year students, allowing them ample time to obtain their U.S. passports and use the institution’s resources to realize their study abroad goals. By targeting students early in their academic journey, A&T aims to instill a culture of global engagement and empower students to leverage international experiences for personal and professional growth.

A&T encourages eligible students to take advantage of this opportunity and explore the myriad benefits of studying abroad. For more information about study abroad programs and eligibility criteria, students should contact Kimberly Tyson, director of the Office of International Affairs, at (336) 334-7751 or kktyson@ncat.edu.

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