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111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6232

To establish a scholarship program in the Department of State for Haitian students whose studies were interrupted as a result of the January 12, 2010, earthquake, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 28, 2010

Mr. Hastings of Florida (for himself, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Jackson of Illinois, Ms. Norton, Ms. Fudge, Ms. Corrine Brown of Florida, and Ms. Clarke) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


A BILL

To establish a scholarship program in the Department of State for Haitian students whose studies were interrupted as a result of the January 12, 2010, earthquake, and for other purposes.

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 “Haitian Educational Empowerment Act of 2010”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress finds the following:

(1) Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

(2) Eighty percent of the population lives below the poverty line and approximately 45 percent of the population is illiterate.

(3) On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the country of Haiti.

(4) The earthquake caused massive devastation across Haiti, destroying government buildings, hospitals, schools, and vital aid offices including the headquarters of the United Nations mission to Haiti.

(5) An estimated 3,000,000 people have been directly affected by the earthquake in Haiti, nearly one-third of the country’s population, and many are currently at risk of long-term displacement and vulnerability.

(6) Many universities suffered significant structural damage, including the State University of Haiti, the nation’s main public university, which had 80 percent of its buildings destroyed.

(7) The earthquake claimed the lives of many students and several prominent academics.

(8) Before the earthquake, at least 85 percent of Haitians with a university degree left the island.

(9) A more highly educated population is vital to Haiti’s long-term development.

SEC. 3. Establishment of scholarship program for certain Haitian students.

(a) In general.—From the amounts appropriated to carry out this section, the Secretary of State, acting through the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, shall establish a scholarship program for Haitian students whose studies were interrupted as a result of the January 12, 2010, earthquake.

(b) Eligibility.—To be eligible to receive a scholarship under this section, a Haitian undergraduate or graduate student shall—

(1) have been enrolled as a full-time student in a Haitian university at the time of the January 12, 2010, earthquake; and

(2) submit to the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Assistant Secretary may require.

(c) Duration.—A scholarship under this section shall be awarded to a Haitian student for 1 academic year and may be renewed in accordance with subsection (d).

(d) Renewal.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—A scholarship awarded under this section may be renewed for an additional academic year upon demonstration to the Secretary of State of satisfactory academic achievement in the prior academic year.

(2) MAXIMUM RENEWALS.—A scholarship awarded under this section may not be renewed for more than 6 academic years.

(e) Preference.—Preference in the awarding of scholarships shall be given to the following categories of Haitian students:

(1) Haitian students who are studying subjects of importance to Haiti’s long-term social, economic, or political development.

(2) Haitian students who were enrolled in programs that were forced to cease operations as a result of the January 12, 2010, earthquake.

(f) Return.—Upon completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution of higher education, a Haitian student who has received a scholarship under this section shall return to Haiti.

(g) Scholarship defined.—In this section, the term “scholarship” means an amount awarded to a Haitian student under this section that shall only be used to pay costs related to the tuition and fees at the institution of higher education in which the student is enrolled as a full-time student.

(h) Scholarship amount.—A scholarship awarded to a Haitian student under this section may not exceed an amount equal to the total costs related to the tuition and fees for 1 academic year at an institution of higher education in which the student is enrolled as a full-time student.

SEC. 4. Grants to United States colleges and universities.

The Secretary of State, acting through the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, may make grants to institutions of higher education that have enrolled a significant number of Haitian students who have been enrolled as full-time students in a Haitian university at the time of the January 12, 2010, earthquake. Such grants shall be used to provide social and educational support services to such students.

SEC. 5. Definitions.

For purposes of this Act:

(1) FEES.—The term “fees” means—

(A) fees normally assessed a full-time student, as determined by an institution of higher education, including—

(i) costs for the rental or purchase of any equipment, materials, or supplies required of all students in the same course of study; and

(ii) an allowance for room and board at the institution; and

(B) travel expenses to the institution from Haiti and, upon the completion of a degree at such institution, from the institution to Haiti.

(2) INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION.—The term “institution of higher education” has the meaning given the term in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001).