The program works on bringing students from these countries on a two year scholarship, so they are able to attain a degree, and skills they can take back to their countries. Each of these students compete against 300-500 other students in order to attain a spot in the program. They come from countries in the Caribbean and Central America, including Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, and 80% of them come from rural areas.Overall, the program has sponsored more than 5,000 students, and it has been part of FSCJ since 1989.
For the first year of the program, the students live with a host family who help the students learn English, adapt to the culture, and stay focused on their studies, among other things. The students from this cycle arrive tomorrow, August 7, 2014 but the program is still in need of host parents. From the FSCJ website:
Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) is currently seeking host families for female students arriving on Aug. 7, 2013, as they begin their two-year course of study at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
These students will study under scholarships awarded to them by Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. These are highly qualified young women from Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico, who are economically disadvantaged and have no college background. Scholarship recipients train to become leaders and promoters of economic and social development in their home countries. The ultimate goal of the SEED program is for all students to return home as agents of change who will make a difference in the lives of their families, communities and countries.
Because these young people will be far away from home for the first time, they need a living environment where they can feel wanted and secure. This is why their first year in the United States is spent living with a host family. Host families play a significant role in the lives of these students by:
aiding students in learning English,
assisting students in the process of adapting to the local community and U.S. culture,
helping students keep focused on their studies and goals while in the U.S,
preparing students for independent living (in the second year of the SEED Program), and
supporting students' commitment to return to their home countries.
Arriving SEED scholars would love to become a part of and to be accepted as a member of your family! They are eager to learn about our culture and they are proud to share their culture with you.
Since timing is so important in developing the bonds of the "new family," early placement is crucial to the success of the SEED program. Our goal is to have students matched with host families by the beginning of July 2013.
For more information, please contact Gina Federico, SEED Program Coordinator, Downtown Campus, at (904) 633-5895.