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STLCC-Florissant Valley Seeks Host Families For International Students

May 06, 2013

SEED students at Florissant Valley  
SEED students currently attending classes at STLCC-
Florissant Valley

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley needs families to open their homes as host families to Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) students. The students will arrive in August for the 2013-14 school year.

SEED is a partnership program between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Georgetown University and community colleges across the United States. SEED scholarships are awarded to highly qualified young people from Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. They pass a rigorous process of recruitment, personal interviews and competitive selection jointly conducted by SEED in-country staff, support networks and the participating colleges.

The typical SEED scholar is 17 to 25 years old and has demonstrated leadership skills. He or she comes from a lower income family and is often from indigenous and minority groups. At least 80 percent of the students come from rural areas and at least half of all participants are women. SEED scholars must commit to return to their home countries upon completion of their program.

The students come to the United States to study in a field needed for the development of their home communities, learn about U.S. culture, values and lifestyles, and serve as cultural ambassadors from their countries. St. Louis Community College has hosted SEED students since 1989. Fields of study have included telecommunications, quality technology and industrial maintenance.

Hosting an international student offers a unique and rewarding experience unlike any other.

Host families will provide the student with adequate room and board with the help of a monthly stipend provided by the SEED program. They will help the student to stay focused on his or her studies and program goals while in the United States. Host families will also assist the student in the process of learning about and adapting to U.S. culture and the local community and facilitate the process of learning English.

All kinds of families are selected to host SEED students. Married couples with or without children, single parents, and singles without children, as well as families with teenagers are encouraged to participate as hosts.

If you are interested in sharing the American way of life with an international student, and exposing your family to a new culture, contact Susan McKnight at 314-513-4237 or Joseph Cooper at 314-513-4124.