WASHINGTON DC —
The United States Embassy held a career show in Binga District on Friday where various organizations unveiled career options for locals while embassy officials recruited potential candidates for enrolment in American universities.
United States Student Achievers Program (USAP) co-ordinator Rebecca Zeigler Mano said they got an overwhelming response from potential students.
Speaking to VOA Studio 7 while conducting business at Binga Secondary School, Mano said, “The attendance is really good. We have different people here who are speaking about their professional work. It’s not only about USAP. We are trying to motivate kids in disadvantaged communities to think and dream big.”
Mano said at least one of the lucky students from Binga, who will be studying in America, attended some of the recruitment sessions.
Selected students undergo an intensive yearlong program that assists them to negotiate and finance the process of obtaining full scholarships to study at U.S. colleges and universities. In addition to being straight A students, USAP participants must also exhibit demonstrated leadership potential and the ethos of giving back to their community.
Application forms are also available through e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org. Students in Harare can visit the Embassy’s offices in Eastgate.
Prospective students located outside of Harare can visit the advising center at the Bulawayo Public Library or satellite advising centers at Gweru Memorial Library, Turner Memorial Library, and Africa University Library in Mutare and Mucheke Public Library in Masvingo.
Since the establishment of USAP in 1999 in Harare, over 200 Zimbabwean students have enrolled with full scholarships covering tuition and fees, room and board, books and other expenses for four-year bachelor degree studies.