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LASPAU to Implement and Manage a New Scholarship Program for Haitian and Mexican Social Leaders

Cambridge, MA, March 14, 2014 --( Over the next five years, LASPAU will implement and manage a new scholarship program for Haitian and Mexican social leaders to pursue graduate academic programs in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe in fields that have the greatest impact on community development, such as child development, food, health and wellbeing, education and learning, and family economic security.

The project is funded by a $2.4 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.

The objective of the new scholarship program is to empower local leaders by providing them with advanced educational opportunities and knowledge that will enable them to address social issues facing their communities. Beneficiaries of the scholarship will be selected from areas that have been identified as particularly vulnerable in these issues – Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, and the central area and the southwest coast of Haiti. This scholarship program also aims to contribute to strengthening communities and creating conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and contributors to the larger community and society.

The scholarship program will fund and train a total of 19 fellows to pursue non-degree (certificate) programs, master’s programs, and doctoral programs beginning in 2013 and ending in 2018.


LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas is a nonprofit organization affiliated with Harvard University and governed by an independent board of trustees. LASPAU designs and implements academic and professional programs that promote sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean by strengthening higher education, building human and institutional capacity, and fostering academic innovation. Visit for more information about our services.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For moreinformation, visit
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