U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro Judy Rising Reinke, together with the English Language Teachers’ Association of Montenegro (ELTAM), officially launched the Access Microscholarship Program in Nikšić. This is the second Access program in Nikšić following the success of the previous program in Nikšić which ended in 2017, as well as programs in Podgorica (2016-2018) and Rožaje (2017-present).
The Access Microscholarship Program is a two-year, intensive, afterschool English-language learning program for talented students sponsored by the Department of State. The Montenegro implementing partner is the English Language Teachers’ Association of Montenegro (ELTAM). Twenty-five students in the final year of elementary school and the first year of high school were selected for the program based on the program’s requirements. The selected students come from ten different schools in Nikšić.
Over the next two years, the students will work on improving their English Language skills while learning more about U.S. culture and democratic values. They will also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future U.S. exchange and study programs. The goal of the program is to empower youth, support diversity, and increase cultural exchange.
Ambassador Rising Reinke said at the launch: “Access is much more than a language course. It’s about connecting students from different schools and different backgrounds, learning about U.S. culture and reflecting on our shared values as Americans and Montenegrins. Access also strives to harness the leadership potential of bright students.”
The U.S. State Department supports English Access Microscholarship Program in more than 85 countries around the world, with more than 100,000 students participating.