LAHORE – The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded scholarships to 250 talented students enrolled in the recently introduced two-year Associate Degree in Education (ADE) and four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Education in Punjab . “I am delighted to see such bright students from Punjab who have dedicated themselves to a life of learning, scholarship, and service,” remarked Mr. Jeffery Bakken, Consul General, US Consulate Lahore. He added, “I am confident that the new comprehensive degree programmes and USAID scholarships will give us better trained teachers and will bear fruit for years to come.”  
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dr. Samina Qadir, Vice Chancellor of Fatima Jinnah Women University thanked the people of the United States for providing the resources for the scholarship program that will ultimately improve the quality of education for thousands of Pakistanis. 
This Punjab scholarship program is part of a larger $75 million USAID Teacher Education Project.  In addition, USAID works closely with the Government of Pakistan to develop and implement innovative curricula for two recently-launched degree programs: a four-year Bachelors Degree in Education (B.Ed.) and a two-year Associate Degree in Education (ADE).  A total of 1,900 students across Pakistan will be awarded scholarships under this project. More than 250 scholarships have been awarded to students in Punjab previously.