On Tuesday, March 19, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Kimberly Breier, celebrated the fifth-year milestone of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the Department of State’s signature education initiative that links U.S. universities with higher-education institutions in the Western Hemisphere.
At the event, Assistant Secretary Breier recognized university and business leaders for their visionary commitment to this hemisphere-wide education initiative and announced 11 new ExxonMobil-sponsored Innovation Fund grant awards to universities in the United States partnered with higher-education institutions in Mexico, Guyana, Argentina, and Brazil. This was the fourth Innovation Fund competition ExxonMobil sponsored in as many years. Thanks to ExxonMobil, the State Department has awarded 35 grants supporting 67 university partnerships in 19 U.S. states with universities in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, and Mexico. The grants provide students with critical access to exchange and training opportunities in STEM, Physics, Geology, Water/Energy, and Robotics.
The Assistant Secretary also announced a commitment by Cementos Progreso, a private Guatemalan company, that will launch a future Innovation Fund competition to stimulate more partnerships between U.S. universities and those in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. These partnerships will provide critical access to exchange and training opportunities for students to work in teams, gain technical skills, and better prepare themselves for today’s workforce.