Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Scholarships and Financial Aid News at U.S. Universities

Weekly update #384 (July 14, 2014)

I. Financial Aid
UG: Seattle Central College (WA) Scholarships:
UG: Concordia (WI) Financial Aid for International Students:
UG/Grad: The United States South Pacific Scholarship Program:
UG/Grad/Postgrad: Laureate Online Education Offering Tuition Savings:

II. Campus News
- Faculty Learn Chinese to Help Connect with International Students:
- Japanese Student Comes 'Home' to Boise State (ID):
- Kansas Women's Leadership Institute Taking Place This Summer at KU (KS) :

If you live in the Eastern Caribbean (to include: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines) please call Information Resource Associate Juanita Lynch at the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown at 246-227-4102 or email 

Monday, July 7, 2014

DHS launches Study in the United States website

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week launched an enhancedStudy in the Stateswebsite, which serves as “an information hub for international students in the U.S.”

New features now include an "Ask a Question" section, giving answers to commonly asked questions about studying in the United States and school certification. There is also an extensive school search page that will allow students to locate schools certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). 

The updated site also features a blog geared to international students and school officials. Users can translate the site into multiple languages. 

 "Being an international student is a complex process that involves several government agencies, and the new Study in the States tools will help students and schools easily find the latest news, information, interactive guides and videos they need," said SEVP Director Lou Farrell.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rocking the Riot!

24 corrections officers from the Eastern Caribbean attended a mock riot prison event from May 4-8, 2014 at the West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia.  

The delegates, hailing from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, gained valuable professional training by participating in real-life prison riot scenarios and attending a 12-hour certification course on "Disturbance Control and Forced Cell Entry."

The teams also had the opportunity to partner and train with U.S. correction officers from across the nation.  

The training was coordinated through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement’s (INL) Office of Criminal Justice Assistance and Partnerships and the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown.  

Here are a few photos from the mock riot event.

Grenadian Corrections officers on the first day of training in Moundsville, West Virginia.

Barbados and St. Kitts teams after successfully completing the mock riot scenarios of forced cell entry and cell search.
INL Bridgetown Transnational Crime Specialist, Julie Heumphreus (center) with the St. Lucia Corrections officer team.
Delegates from St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and Barbados training in small unit tactics with West Virginia Corrections officers.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Scholarships and Financial Aid News at U.S. Universities

Weekly update #378 (June 16, 2014)

I. Financial Aid
UG: Eastern Michigan University (MI) International Scholarships:
UG: University of the People Financial Aid Opportunities for International Students:
UG: Full Sail University (FL) Emerging Technology Scholarship:
UG: Drexel University (PA) Global Scholar Program:

II. Campus News
- University of Northern Iowa (IA) Tuition Scholarship Recipients for Fall 2014:
- Western Washington University (WA) 'Ask Me Anything About My Country' Booth:
- UC Berkeley (CA) Fundamental Studies in Business and Entrepreneurship Program:
- How to Handle Money Matters as an International Student:

Monday, June 2, 2014

Oh Maya by Joanne C.Hillhouse

Right away
They start talking
About you in
The past tense
Like something
Of history
Stone and
Life is
Like that
It goes
And you become
This rock
The water
Rushing on
So that
In time
Who you are
Down to
What people
Choose to
And they remember
A phenomenal woman
If you’re lucky
Most times
The memory
Erodes to nothing
At best
Vibrant and swinging
Like it was
Like it was

Life is cruel like that

Inspirations by Joanne C. Hillhouse

Jamaica Kincaid's
annie john
Toni Morrison's
song of solomon
Maya Angelou's
caged bird singing
Hughes' Simple
winging it
Sam Selvon's
lonely londoners freestyle
Billie Holliday's
god bless the child
King Obstinate's
these things help me
hold tight to the dream