USAP students represent the best and brightest students of their nation. They aspire to broaden their horizons and share ideas and perspectives with a diverse array of people. USAP participants are selected for embodying all of the following four qualities:
• Academic excellence
• Demonstrated leadership potential
• Ethos of giving to community
• Economic disadvantage
USAP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, religion, age or disability nor does it use these criteria in its selection. While we make a genuine effort to recruit USAP students from all provinces and areas of the countries where our program is present, we do not set quotas for geographic or ethnic distribution. We seek students who meet all four of our criteria.
USAP began in Zimbabwe in 1999 under EducationUSA with the aim of providing access to higher education for determined, bright, low-income youth, thus producing highly-skilled and liberally-educated leaders for tomorrow’s Zimbabwe.
More than a decade later, more than 300 Zimbabwean USAP students have excelled as students at America’s top colleges and universities, and many are continuing graduate studies or are working all over the globe. The program has expanded to other countries as well and currently has thriving cohorts in Nigeria, Zambia and Mongolia.
USAP works closely with students through a year-long program of meetings and seminars designed to empower and assist them throughout the application and orientation process. USAP builds students’ confidence and bonds them as a supportive family who share similar backgrounds and will be facing parallel challenges while studying in the US.
Wherever they find themselves all over the world, USAP students run active social media groups, yearly forums, a fund to support application and preparation costs of future USAP students, and provide intensive support for one another. USAP expects a commitment from students to give of their energy and time to the “USAP family” and to their own communities at home and abroad.
USAP provides many benefits to colleges and universities – pre-screened, well-rounded applicants, focused, committed and involved students, and economically-diverse international students. At Education Matters, we strongly believe that USAP students hold the keys to the future development of their countries and community, and have the potential to make impressive positive impacts in their chosen careers.
Our current 2017 cohort comprises 42 incredible U6 students selected from over 900 applications from schools and communities all over Zimbabwe. This cohort have written their SAT exams and are in the midst of preparing college applications at this time. Our 2016 cohort students are preparing to begin university studies at an impressive array of colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Ghana and Zimbabwe starting in August.