LUSAKA – The Embassy of the United States of America proudly celebrates the accomplishments of the 2019 EducationUSA Zambia Scholars and welcomes the arrival of the 2020 Scholars who will begin the process of applying to U.S. universities.
Twenty-one EducationUSA Zambia Scholars recently completed a 12-month program, featuring a series of workshops designed to help them research U.S. bachelor’s degree programs, locate financial aid opportunities, and navigate the unique U.S. higher education admissions process. Scholars received acceptances with financial aid to attend leading U.S. universities, including Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Howard University, Brown University, Abilene Christian University, and several more. Three distinguished Scholars earned fully funded scholarships that will pay for their entire tuition and living costs while pursuing their degrees in the United States.
“EducationUSA opened up a whole new world of opportunities and resources I never knew were available to me,” shared Ben Nestor, a 2019 EducationUSA Scholar and graduate of David Kaunda National Technical School. “This spring, I will be attending Brown University to pursue a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience. Looking back, the EducationUSA Scholars Program was the bridge I needed to reach my dream of studying in the US, and I would recommend reaching out to EducationUSA as the perfect first step to anyone hoping to study in the US.”
Building on the success of the program, EducationUSA Zambia will expand this year and has accepted 45 high achieving young Zambians into the 2020 Scholars cohort. In targeting disadvantaged youth, the majority of the 2020 Scholars come from lower income families and will receive the support of the U.S. Embassy for the costs of test and application fees.
Following a congratulatory call with U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires David Young, the 2020 Scholars began a virtual application bootcamp, working directly with the U.S. Embassy’s EducationUSA advisers from the safety of their homes to learn about the admissions process for the United States. When it is safe to reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy will resume in-person advising and work towards successful application results in early 2021.
“On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Zambia, I congratulate all of our newly selected EducationUSA Scholars for taking this important step in achieving your educational dreams,” said Mr. Young. “Your selection is evidence of your leadership, academic performance, and the great potential young Zambians hold for the future of this country. The skills you develop over the next year will provide an important foundation for personal growth and hopefully lead to successful study at top institutions across the United States.”