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YSEALI opportunities for Lyceum students

Timothy Gerard Palugod


Scholarship opportunities await students of Lyceum of the Philippines University.

The Youth for Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) invited students on January 23  to participate in their exchange programs.

YSEALI made its presence known to an audience of International Relations and senior high school students.

With 65% of the ASEAN population below the age of 35, the target for regional integration are mostly undergraduates and recent degree holders.

Three programs were introduced: (1) the 5-week United States exchange program, (2) the week-long regional exchange in a Southeast Asian country, and (3) project funding ranging from $10,000 to $20,000.

Criteria for eligibility in the "YSEALI Academic Fellows Program" include: (1) strong leadership qualities and track record in place of work, university, or community, (2) commitment to community service, volunteerism, or mentorship, and (3) a serious interest in learning about the United States and ASEAN as a region.

EducationUSA encouraged students to sign up and study abroad.

"In EducationUSA, we help students widen their choices because they just want to go to the Ivy Leagues. But let's face it: it's hard to be admitted in an Ivy League school. But if there is another school that you can go into with the same standard, with the same opportunities, why not go to that school instead?" said Nico Aquino, an exchange student and former EducationUSA intern.

Undergraduate students can also apply for Fulbright Scholarship's "Global Undergraduate Exchange Program." They are sent to the US for one semester to participate in a full-time course work.

The bases of selection are academic excellence, leadership potential measured in outreach programs that students participated in among a few others, and their preparedness to study in the US measured through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.