US Will Finance Scholarships for Venezuelans in Peru
The multitude of Venezuelans seeking refuge in Peru will now have the opportunity to apply for US-funded academic scholarships.
The United States Department of State will finance master’s degree scholarships for Venezuelans residing in Peru for a minimum period of two years.
The legitimate ambassador of Venezuela in Peru, Carlos Scull, announced on Wednesday, June 5, through his Instagram account, that Venezuelan professionals currently residing in Peru will be able to access scholarships that the State Department will finance under the condition that they commit to returning to their country of origin and have extensive knowledge of the English language.
The application period will begin on July 21, 2019. The rest of the requirements were published on embassy websites.
The allocated scholarships involve the Fulbright Academic Exchange Program aimed at the Venezuelan diaspora, which will not affect the number of scholarships allocated for Peru.
“On behalf of all Venezuelans residing in Peru, the Venezuelan Embassy appreciates the consistent international cooperation of the United States government, in this case by opening the Fulbright Scholarship for all members of the Venezuelan diaspora currently residing in Peru,” Scull pointed
The Venezuelan ambassador, a representative of the government of Juan Guaidó, told the PanAm Post that the number of scholarships has yet to be determined, and that it will be at the discretion of the authorities in charge of the scholarship.
While Peru ranks second to Colombia with respect to the number of Venezuelan migrants, the United States has become the country that has contributed the most in the struggle for democracy in Venezuela. In September 2018, it announced an appropriation of USD $48 million to help countries such as Colombia, Peru and Ecuador with the influx of Venezuelan migrants.
In addition, the United States Government has sanctioned the current Communist dictatorship for its human rights violations, and the corruption of Nicolás Maduro.
The US has sanctioned more than 100 Chavista officials, and placed an oil embargo on the Maduro administration, while investigating persistent claims of drug trafficking and corruption within the Venezuelan regime.