The Biden Administration announcement that it will subsidize Lebanese students to attend several universities in the country. Samantha Power, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), said the U.S. government “will provide $50 million for Lebanese students and refugees living in the country to attend the American University of Beirut ( AUB), the Lebanese American University (LAU) and Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU).
In a USAID press release, the $50 million will be split between scholarships for undergraduate students (a total of $15 million) and “partial need-based financial aid for approximately 3,500 students” over three years.
Apparently, USAID has already provided scholarships to Lebanese and refugee students since 2010 amounting to $156 million. More than 1,600 students have attended college or university through the USAID program.
The press release called the funding “a reflection of USAID’s ongoing commitment to empowering young people to shape Lebanon’s future.”
At a time when inflation is out of control and fears of a recession grow daily, subsidizing college-aged students abroad may not be the wisest use of the taxpayers’ money.
Additionally, Power previously served in the Obama administration as US Ambassador to the United Nations. Conservatives view her with suspicion because of her involvement in revealing the identities of US citizens in intelligence reports, as there were doubts that she had the power to access such information. confidential administration. Judicial monitoring Noted that she “was the most active of the Obama administration’s serial unmaskers” and “made more than 260 such requests” in her final year as an ambassador until President Donald’s inauguration Trump in 2017.