AWARDING AGENCY:                          Public Affairs section, U.S. Embassy Kigali

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY TITLE:       U.S. College Preparatory Course 2021

ANNOUNCEMENT TYPE:                     Grant

DATE OPENED:                                      June 22, 2020


AWARD CEILING:                                  U.S. $13,000

AWARD FLOOR                                      U.S. 8,000

SUBMISSIONS:                                       Applications must be submitted to

Pre-Application Information Session: July 15, 2020

Application Submission Deadline: July 22, 2020 (12:00 PM Central Africa Time)


There are many talented, low- and middle-income students in Rwanda who only required financial resources and access to information to better their educational future. For the 6th year, the United States Embassy Kigali, Rwanda will fund a university preparatory course for academically qualified and highly motivated students in Rwanda. The college preparatory program will assist low and middle income students who are good candidates for financial assistance from U.S. colleges and universities but lack the financial resources to cover upfront cost of obtaining admission.  The EducationUSA Advising Center at U.S. Embassy Kigali works with the students through regularly scheduled meetings and seminars to assist them throughout the application process to secure admission and scholarships to attend colleges and universities in the United States. The college preparatory course includes programs that support preparation for the SAT, TOEFL, and essay writing skills, key components of college access and a robust measure of college readiness among Rwandan high school students.

Purpose of the Project

This university preparatory course will prepare 30 EducationUSA scholars for the US university admissions process. These students are selected by the US Embassy Kigali Public Affairs Section from top performing high school students who are likely to be awarded full financial aid from US universities. The course will include preparation for TOEFL and SAT testing, application completion, essay writing, personal statement writing, interviews, and general university preparation. The course is combination of online assignments and in-person activities scheduled between December, 2020 and October 2021 the timeline of the program is provided under the  “Timeline” section below). The EducationUSA Office –Kigali invites all qualified individuals and organizations to submit proposals by July 22nd, 2020 by 12:00 PM, Central Africa Time.


The available funding for the college preparatory course is $13,000 planning, space rental for boot camps, material purchase, and staff honorarium. The grantee may use some of college preparation materials available at U.S. Embassy Kigali, including SAT, and TEOFL books and Chromebook computers for the students. Part of the grant money may be used to purchase internet data for students for virtual classes. Interested applicants may request a list of SAT and TOEFL prep materials available at the EducationUSA Kigali.

Application Due Date

All applications are due to the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Kigali, by July 22, 2020, no later than 12 p.m. Central Africa Time (CAT). Applications must be submitted electronically to .  No paper applications will be accepted. Late applications will not be considered.

Download A complete Notice of Funding Opportunity for details.