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Madagascar to send 22 students to ACU

Presidential scholarship program designed to educate future leaders

President Marc Ravalomanana poses for a photo with the 22 Malagasy students who will attend ACU this fall as part of the Madagascar Presidential Scholars Program.

For immediate release
July 29, 2004

Abilene Christian University will welcome 22 students from Madagascar, an island nation off the coast of Africa, through a full scholarship program initiated by the President of Madagascar and designed to develop future leaders for the nation.

The Republic of Madagascar will send 22 students from across the republic to attend ACU through the Madagascar Presidential Scholars Program, a program initiated by President Marc Ravalomanana.

The agreement was formalized in April between President Ravalomanana and Dr. John Tyson, vice president for development at ACU.  Tyson was in the country as part of the second U.S.-Madagascar Business Council trade mission.

"We are honored to be partners with Madagascar as the government takes this bold step to educate future leaders," Tyson said.  "Our mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world, so we are excited to help prepare young leaders of Madagascar to return home and strengthen their nation."

Scholarship recipients will come from 15 regions of the country, and all six provinces are represented.  Students who are accepted into the program will begin at ACU this fall, and their tuition will be paid by the government of Madagascar.

To earn this prestigious scholarship, which will fund each student for four years at ACU, students must meet the university's academic and language qualifications, including proficiency in English, Tyson said.

Representatives from ACU's Admissions Office and ACU's Center for International and Intercultural Education visited Madagascar in June to interview and help select scholarship recipients.  The students will arrive in Abilene Aug. 3 and spend three weeks learning about ACU, Abilene, Texas and the U.S. during orientation activities.

"ACU regularly attracts students from more than 60 nations, and we look forward to the enrichment the Malagasy students will add to our diverse campus environment," Tyson said.

Students who accept the scholarship must agree to return to their home nation for at least two years upon graduation, according to Madagascar's Minister of Education, Haja Razafinjatovo.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, Director of Public Relations.

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