Twenty–one academically gifted Zimbabwean students received $5.6 million in scholarships Thursday from various American universities under the United States Achievers Program (USAP).
The students told VOA Studio 7 during a sendoff ceremony in the capital they are excited to be going to pursue studies in the United States.
Clement Kudakwashe Nyanhongo, who attended Marist Nyanga High School, says he will be pursing his studies at Dartmouth College.
Lipscomb University-bound Theresa Nyapokoto, who graduated from Monte Casino Girls High, says she never dreamt of studying in the United States.
United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr. Bruce Wharton urged the students to take their studies seriously and contribute positively to Zimbabwe’s development.
Award winning human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, who was guest of honour, urged the students to return home after completing their studies and be change agents in local communities.
Eve Gatawa, who studied at St. Lawrence University under the USAP, commended the program saying it has broadened her mind on various issues.
Gatawa is running her own business in the motor and mining industries.
The USAP program which is meant for academically gifted students from economically disadvantaged families was established by the United States Embassy in Harare in 1999.
Three thousand students have so far benefited from the program.