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Sen Boxer offers bill to expand college scholarships by 30% in PAKISTAN

The Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act would expand and enhance an existing United States Agency for International Development (USAID) scholarship program called the Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship Program. The program awards scholarships for university study in agriculture or business administration to economically disadvantaged young men and women from rural areas of Pakistan. To date, of the 1,807 scholarships awarded, only 25 percent of the recipients have been women.

The Boxer-Landrieu bill would require a 30 percent increase in the number of scholarships awarded under the program for the next four years, and that these additional scholarships be awarded solely to women. The measure would also expand the range of academic disciplines that scholarship recipients could pursue to improve graduates’ chances of obtaining meaningful employment.