Through Bridge2Rwanda's highly successful Scholars program, the Government of Rwanda and Bridge2Rwanda commit to supporting one-hundred Rwandan high school graduates who have earned full-scholarships to attend some of the world's best universities. In the last two years, Bridge2Rwanda has helped over forty Rwandan students receive more than $6.5 million in full-need university scholarships. Bridge2Rwanda's team is highly skilled at preparing students, connecting them with universities, and supporting the students to ensure that they excel in universities around the world.
Based on National Exam results, grades, essays and an interview, the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars program will identify Rwanda's best students, prepare them for the U.S. university system, and help them identify universities that can provide full scholarships upon admission. All participating students commit to returning to Rwanda after completing their studies and a partner network supports internship and job placement upon their return. Through its comprehensive approach and partnership with the Government of Rwanda, Bridge2Rwanda provides full support to the students during the gap year post-secondary education, while they attend university, and when they return to Rwanda.
In March 2013, Bridge2Rwanda Scholars third class launched with thirty-two high school graduates, plus additional students from partner schools. Students prepare full time for ten months with focus on intensive English and then part-time for an additional six months prior to leaving for universities. From October 2013 to January 2014, the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars third class will take standardized tests and apply to international universities. By December 2013, the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars program will be fully funded through the end of 2014.
In March 2014, Bridge2Rwanda Scholars' fourth class will launch with between forty and forty-five students, including students from partner schools. In July 2014, Bridge2Rwanda Scholars' third class will have its scholarship results for international universities with a goal of having at least 30 scholarships confirmed. By June 2014, the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars program will have funding commitments that will enable it to attain the ?100 Scholarships? goal.
In July 2015, Bridge2Rwanda Scholars' fourth class will have scholarship results to international universities with a goal of confirming at least thirty-five scholarships. By June 2015, the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars program will have funding commitments sufficient to attain the ?100 Scholarships? CTA through 2016.
By July 2016, Bridge2Rwanda Scholars' fifth class will have its scholarship results to international universities (goal of thirty-five scholarships or more). In July 2016, graduating students from Bridge2Rwanda Scholars first class will begin to return to Rwanda. By August 2016, the Government of Rwanda and Bridge2Rwanda will fulfill this CGI Commitment to Action with one-hundred or more full scholarships for Rwandan students to international universities. Throughout this commitment, Bridge2Rwanda's Rwanda Jobs Network will support students as they seek internships and full-time jobs in careers demanding highly educated, high-potential graduates in Rwanda.
In order to support multi-sector economic development and ensure that Rwanda's outstanding young people have access to the world's best universities and return with an ability to help their country compete in a global economy, high quality education for top students is a key priority of the Government of Rwanda. Since 2006, Rwanda has doubled the number of its students attending university in the U.S. Until now, however, the student expenses have frequently been supported by the Government of Rwanda and outside aid and scholarships have been very rare.
By connecting Rwanda's best students to the world-class universities they are qualified for, Bridge2Rwanda and the Government of Rwanda will help educate and support future leaders to ensure that they return and continue their country's outstanding development.
In order to complete the commitment, Bridge2Rwanda seeks additional funding partners to help cover program costs for preparing some of Africa's best students for U.S. universities. Bridge2Rwanda and Rwanda's Ministry of Education will also work to support academic partners within Rwanda and throughout Africa to help strengthen secondary students' preparation for university scholarships, connect students and faculty to new ideas, and encourage their networks to participate. In addition, Bridge2Rwanda seeks corporate partners to help provide students with internships, mentorship, and counseling necessary to help students succeed in college and to return to high-impact careers throughout Africa.
Bridge2Rwanda aims to raise $3.6 million to support the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars program and its partner schools in order to surpass 100 U.S. university scholarships for Rwanda's best students and future high-impact leaders to attend universities including Harvard, Dartmouth, Yale, Penn and the University of Chicago, among others. To date, Bridge2Rwanda has raised $1.8 million in support of this commitment.
Bridge2Rwanda Scholars' leadership network of African students who are attending international universities will impact the lives of tens of thousands of African citizens or more, over time. Through their work and leadership, the students who earn scholarships and graduate to return to careers in Africa will help African economies grow and improve many lives. In the process, Bridge2Rwanda is identifying best practices and models to share for college prep, access, and success that work on a national scale, and the NGO will share its innovative curriculum with educators interested in learning from its model. Bridge2Rwanda knows that its unique curriculum model is changing Africa already, and it is ready to share and make an important contribution to university quality, access to education, and leadership development throughout Africa and beyond.