Gov. Quinn announces education initiative between Brazil, Illinois

By WEEK Producer

Gov. Quinn announces education initiative between Brazil, Illinois

September 25, 2012 Updated Sep 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM CDT

BRASILIA, BRAZIL -- Continuing his economic trade mission in Brazil, Governor Pat Quinn announced a new education initiative Tuesday, that will help attract Brazilian students to Illinois.

Quinn says the announcement supports President Obama's "100,000 Strong in the Americas" goal, which is an initiative to increase study between Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.

"As one of the world's largest economies, Brazil is an important partner for Illinois as we expand out relationships overseas and boost our global competitiveness," said Governor Quinn.  "The agreements we're announcing today will strengthen our commercial ties, increase tourism and build a pipeline of educated, skilled workers who are better prepared for 21st century global economy."

Illinois-based companies, including Motorola Solutions Foundation and Ingredion, Inc. will donate $155,000 in scholarship funds to support Brazilian undergraduate students attending Illinois schools for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.  The funding is made possible through the Science Without Borders Program. 

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