Apply Now to Join the 2021 U.S. Embassy Kigali EducationUSA Scholars Program

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The EducationUSA student advising office at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali invites talented Senior 6 students who were top 10 of their class or scored 75% and above in Senior 4, Senior 5, and the first term of Senior 6 to join the 2021 EducationUSA Scholars Program (ESP). Only students who will graduate from secondary schools in July 2021 are eligible to apply. Students who graduated in 2019 and years prior are not eligible.

The U.S. Embassy will partner this year with Bridge2Rwanda (B2R), a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that prepares the best and brightest Rwandan students to compete on an international standard when applying to universities in the United States or around. Together, the Embassy and B2R will assist the 2021 EducationUSA Scholars Program cohort in preparing for and negotiating the admissions process to U.S. colleges and universities, in order to better their academic futures and produce highly-skilled and widely-educated leaders to build tomorrow’s Rwanda.

The Education USA Scholars Program is a competitive application process. The program will work with selected students through an intensive boot camp in English foundation, standardized tests preparation, and college counseling. The program will also include distance learning and virtual support depending on the health situation. The program will equip students with knowledge needed to apply and compete for admissions and financial aid from universities in the United States. The program is provided free of charge for selected students, but we expect a sincere commitment from the students to give their energy and time to the program. Applications are not limited geographically, but students must be able to have somewhere to stay in Kigali during in-person boot camps. In addition to this, students must have some access to a computer and internet connection to facilitate their distance learning and virtual support.

Application Components 

Read the instructions carefully. It is essential that you submit all required documents listed below. Complete this application form fully, providing us with as much information as you can about yourself. We will not consider incomplete applications. A complete application consists of the following documents:

  • A completed application form. Please note the form DOES NOT save responses until the form is completed and submitted! We recommend that you prepare and save your answers in a word processing application like MS Word or Google Docs. Please have all application materials and details ready before you start completing this form. The 2021 ESP application form can be found at: https://www.jotform.com/92823270168156 
  • Scanned copies of school reports or academic transcripts from Senior 4, Senior 5, and Senior 6.
  • Contact number and/or email of one reference person who can attest to your character, talent, skills, and community engagement.

ENTRANCE INTO THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION OR FINANCIAL AID TO STUDY IN THE UNITED STATES. CANDIDATES WHO COMPLETED SENIOR 6 IN 2019 AND YEARS PRIOR ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.

The 2021 EducationUSA Scholars Program application deadline is 5:00 PM on Monday, March 15th, 2021. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in late March or early April and invited to take further academic assessment on April 5th. Selected scholars will be notified and announced shortly thereafter.

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