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House aims to bolster ranks of South Pacific students.

WASHINGTON -- The House approved a measure to bring more students from the South Pacific to American colleges.

The South Pacific Economic and Educational Development Act of 2007 calls on the State Department to create within the Fulbright Educational Exchange Program a scholarship to bring Pacific Island nation students to the United States to study for one year.

The program would get $500,000 in fiscal years 2008 and 2009.

Countries involved include the Cook Islands, Micronesia, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

The bill also calls on the State Department to study why Pacific Islanders have received relatively few Fulbright scholarships.

The bill now goes to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
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Title Annotation:capital briefs
Author:Pekow, Charles
Publication:Community College Week
Date:Sep 24, 2007
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