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S. 3076 (rs) A bill to establish an undergraduate grant program of the Department of State to assist students of limited financial means from the United States to pursue studies abroad. [Reported in Senate] ...
106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 3076 A bill to establish an undergraduate grant program of the Department of State to assist students of limited financial means from the United States to pursue studies abroad. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES September 20, 2000 Mr. Lugar (for himself, Mr. Schumer, Ms. Collins, and Mr. Feingold) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL A bill to establish an undergraduate grant program of the Department of State to assist students of limited financial means from the United States to pursue studies abroad. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000''. SEC. 2. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE. It is the purpose of this Act to establish an undergraduate grant program for students of limited financial means from the United States to enable such students to study abroad. Such foreign study is intended to broaden the outlook and better prepare such students of demonstrated financial need to assume significant roles in the increasingly global economy. SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF GRANT PROGRAM FOR FOREIGN STUDY BY AMERICAN COLLEGE STUDENTS OF LIMITED FINANCIAL MEANS. (a) Establishment.--Subject to the availability of appropriations and under the authorities of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, the Secretary of State shall establish and carry out a program in each fiscal year to award grants of up to $5,000, to individuals who meet the requirements of subsection (b), toward the cost of up to one academic year of undergraduate study abroad. Grants under this Act shall be known as the ``Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships''. (b) Eligibility.--An individual referred to in subsection (a) is an individual who-- (1) is a student in good standing at an institution of higher education in the United States (as defined in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965); (2) has been accepted for up to one academic year of study-- (A) at an institution of higher education outside the United States (as defined by section 102(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965); or (B) on a program of study abroad approved for credit by the student's home institution; (3) is receiving any need-based student assistance under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965; and (4) is a citizen or national of the United States. (c) Application and Selection.-- (1) Grant application and selection shall be carried out through accredited institutions of higher education in the United States or a combination of such institutions under such procedures as are established by the Secretary of State. (2) In considering applications for grants under this section-- (A) consideration of financial need shall include the increased costs of study abroad; and (B) priority consideration shall be given to applicants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. SEC. 4. REPORT TO CONGRESS. The Secretary of State shall report annually to the Congress concerning the grant program established under this Act. Each such report shall include the following information for the preceding year: (1) The number of participants. (2) The institutions of higher education in the United States that participants attended. (3) The institutions of higher education outside the United States participants attended during their year of study abroad. (4) The areas of study of participants. SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated $1,500,000 for each fiscal year to carry out this Act. SEC. 6. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act shall take effect October 1, 2000. <all>
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