U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro Judy Rising Reinke, together with the English Language Teachers’ Association of Montenegro (ELTAM), officially presided over the graduation of students from Nikšić from their two-year Access Microscholarship Program on January 21, 2021. The graduation ceremony was organized virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Access Microscholarship Program is a two-year, intensive, afterschool English-language learning program for outstanding students sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by ELTAM. Twenty-five 16-18 year-old students from Nikšić participated in the program. Beginning in December 2018, the students undertook 360 hours of interactive English language learning activities, including one summer camp, and intensive online instruction as of mid-March 2020, with the goal of improving their communication skills and developing their leadership potential. The students also gained an understanding of U.S. culture and democratic values.
Ambassador Reinke praised the students for their significant achievements in strengthening their English and leadership skills, while encouraging the program’s participants to become leaders in their communities and to always aim high and follow their dreams.
The U.S. Embassy launched its first Access Microscholarship Program in Montenegro in 2015, which was also in Nikšić, and was followed by programs in Podgorica and Rožaje. The Access Program in Cetinje is currently ongoing.
For more information on the U.S. Government’s programs in Montenegro, please visit the Embassy’s web site at https://me.usembassy.gov/.