First Lady Michelle Obama 100,000 Strong Study Abroad in China Initiative Event at Howard University

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First Lady Michelle Obama's "100,000 Strong" China Study Abroad Initiative

This morning at 10:30 a.m. EST, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered remarks on the campus of Howard University before a group of high school and college students, discussing the China State Visit and the importance of young Americans engaging people around the world.

Supporting the President’s “100,000 Strong” initiative, the First Lady spoke with a student panel assembled to discuss the benefits of studying abroad. Panelists, including several Gilman Scholar alumni, shared insights from their studies in China and encouraged the audience of students to study internationally. In 2009, the President announced the “100,000 Strong” initiative, a national effort designed to dramatically increase the number and diversification of American students studying in China. The initiative seeks to prepare the next generation of American experts on China who will be charged with managing growing political, economic and cultural ties between the two countries.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations.