Spelman College Receives Grant to Expand Global Travel Opportunities for Pell Grant Students


Students at Women's HBCU, Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia shown how to make Garifuna Food, Hudutu (a.k.a Machuca) during International Education Week at Spelman College. Image from X/@BeingGARIFUNA

Spelman College has been selected as one of the recipients of the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) American Passport Project Grant. This prestigious grant is expected to allow the Historically Black College (HBCU) to expand ¬†global engagement opportunities for students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

The IIE American Passport Project Grant, administered through the IIE Center for Access and Equity, aims to support Pell-eligible students across the United States in obtaining their first passports, thereby enabling them to participate in study abroad programs. This year, Spelman College is among 51 colleges and universities within the IIENetwork member institutions to receive this grant, marking the largest number of grants issued to date.

With the assistance of this grant, 1,275 American students will have the opportunity to acquire their U.S. passports, breaking down barriers to international education experiences, particularly those from underserved communities.

The American Passport Project Grant is a signature initiative of the IIE Center for Access and Equity and is part of the organization’s broader efforts to promote inclusivity and diversity within international education. By collaborating with institutions like Spelman College, the IIE aims to make studying abroad a reality for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.


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