EducationUSA-assisted Pinay English teacher receives scholarship from Harvard

Published August 25, 2021, 2:23 PM

by Roy Mabasa

It was a dream come true for Filipino teacher Nicah Santos to be able to study at the prestigious Harvard University in the United States (US).

Filipino English teacher Nicah Santos receives a partial scholarship from Harvard University, cites EducationUSA. (US Embassy Philippines)

During the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Santos, a former English teacher at Xavier School in San Juan City, focused on her graduate school applications by seeking the free college advising service being offered by the EducationUSA office at the US Embassy in Manila.

With her efforts and guidance from EducationUSA Philippines, she is now on track to begin her Master’s degree in Education Leadership, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education on a partial scholarship.

EducationUSA provided helpful advice about preparing my application materials and was so encouraging throughout the process,” she said.

A program under the US State Department, EducationUSA provides free advising services to prospective international students in more than 170 countries and offers students resources and tools to help navigate the five steps to US study: researching schools, identifying financial aid opportunities, completing the application, obtaining a student visa, and preparing for departure.

Santos is encouraging other Filipinos to find a good-fit US graduate school that also matches their career plans.

“Find a program that aligns perfectly with your career goals and interests. Grad schools seek out prospective students whose values and ambitions align with their own. If it feels right for you, then it may very well be for you,” Santos said.

The former Xavier teacher said she is now excited to “learn from the world’s brightest minds in education and learning design.”

Harvard’s career services office has provided Santos helpful guidance in figuring out what to do next in her career.

“With the university’s help, we students underwent a skills gap analysis in which we figured out what knowledge, skills, and experiences we needed to gain to reach our dream positions and companies,” she said.

On August 27 at 7:45 p.m., EducationUSA Philippines will be holding its annual Graduate School Fair via Zoom for free. At the fair, participants will get to meet representatives from 30 world-class US graduate schools, receive college application advice, and explore the benefits of having a US degree.

Registration is still ongoing, and more information is available here: