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Race on for Popular USA Student Scholarship Programme

  • Gibbs Dube

Rebecca Zeigler-Mano

Rebecca Zeigler-Mano

The race is now on for Zimbabwean students to apply for scholarships under the United States Student Achievers Program (USAP).

Programme co-ordinator Rebecca Zeigler Mano says prospective students have to meet the March 14 deadline in order to get a chance to study in American universities.

Mano says American Corners in various parts of the country are handling the applications.

“The applications are available in all the 4 education USA advising centers and they are also being distributed to all A Level schools. They are also available online on the USAP global website,” she says.

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 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.

An initiative of the U.S. Embassy in Harare, USAP has been replicated in 14 countries on four continents. The programme is designed for academically gifted but economically disadvantaged Zimbabwean students.