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The Sanford School of Public Policy has formed a partnership with a Mexican foundation that will provide financial aid and scholarships for Mexicans pursuing master’s degrees abroad at the world's finest universities.

The agreement between the school and Fundacion Mexicana Para La Educacion, La Tecnologia y La Ciencia, A.C. (FUNED) combines the resources of both Sanford and FUNED, with Sanford offering a 25 percent tuition scholarship for accepted students, and FUNED covering up to 40 percent of the remaining costs.

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Students gather to launch the Sanford Latin America and Caribbean student organization (Sanford LAC). File photo by Julia Vail, Feb. 2015

The program is competitive, and considers applicants who have attained a GPA of 8.0 on a 10-point scale while earning an undergraduate degree. Students may enroll in either the Master of Public Policy (MPP) or the Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) program at Sanford. Once accepted to Sanford, students can apply for the FUNED program.

Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and the Nicholas School of the Environment are also FUNED partners.

Sanford Dean Judith Kelley praised the new agreement, noting that Sanford’s relationships with foundations and governments help promote a globally diverse student body.

“This agreement will open the door to a brilliant future public policy leader from Mexico who may not have been able to come to Duke otherwise.”

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