Ford Foundation Supports Roma Programs at CEU

The Ford Foundation has awarded CEU a $350,000 grant to further expand the University’s work on promoting access, rights, and justice for Europe’s most marginalized community, the Roma. CEU’s Roma Access Programs (RAP) were initiated with Ford Foundation funding in 2004 and now, as RAP celebrates a decade of success, this new grant will provide continued support the Roma Graduate Preparation Program (RGPP) – RAP's flagship program – as well as a new University-wide initiative for Roma advancement and inclusion. RGPP prepares talented young Roma with the academic and English-language skills required to win placements in and competitive scholarships to social science graduate degree programs at prestigious universities worldwide. Since its founding in 2004, RGPP has graduated more than 120 talented Roma youth prepared to shatter stereotypes and break down barriers to education, employment, housing, health, and environmental resources.