UMass Amherst Honored with 2016 LASPAU University Award

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AMHERST, Mass. – UMass Amherst has received a 2016 LASPAU (Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities) University Award in recognition of “outstanding support and contribution in working with LASPAU-administered scholarship grantees.” The award was presented during the NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference in Denver on June 2.

LASPAU,a nonprofit organization affiliated with Harvard University, designs and implements academic and professional programs to meet the complex social, political and economic challenges facing the Americas. It awards and administers Fulbright Program grants and other prestigious scholarships to individuals from Latin America and the Caribbean who are pursuing graduate study in the United States. The organization works with more than 1,000 institutions and thousands of individuals in 34 countries. 

UMass Amherst was cited for its responsiveness, civility and flexibility in helping grantees navigate the application process and for providing them with excellent support. “Always polite and rapid to respond. … UMass-Amherst goes above and beyond to facilitate LASPAU’s work and support our grantees,” remarks noted.

Jack Ahern, vice provost and director of the International Programs Office, said, “We are honored to partner with LASPAU in advancing education and bridging talented minds from Latin America and the Caribbean.”