The SHE-CAN Scholar Application is Now Open!
NOTE: In order for your application to be considered, you must include high school transcripts/grades, National Exam scores, and college transcripts. Without seeing your grades, we cannot include you in the interview process.
SHE-CAN Scholar Program At A Glance
Apply to Be A Scholar
We are looking for young Cambodian and Rwandan female leaders interested in applying for US undergraduate scholarships to join our program for 2017. Below is an overview of our program and how to apply.
What We Do
We assist young women who are passionate about attending a US college or university but need guidance in how to apply. Those selected to be in the program will attend an immersive Internet courses from January 2017 through June 2017 to prepare them for two college entrance exams: the ACT (American College Testing) and the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Those who perform well are matched with 4-6 women in the United States to “help” or “mentor” them throughout the process of applying for scholarships at US colleges and universities in the summer. Over the internet and phone, your mentors will actively assist you with the various tasks required, such as deciding which schools to apply to, reviewing the application and student essay, making phone calls to the school to introduce you, etc. The applicant and the mentors are in constant contact over the Internet.
What We Don’t Do
SHE-CAN does not award scholarships, and being accepted into SHE-CAN does not mean you have been awarded a scholarship. You must first score well on the ACT and TOEFL exams, and if you do, we will assist you in applying for scholarships at US universities, which will increase your chances of winning a scholarship. Applying and winning a scholarship is completely the candidate’s responsibility, but the mentors are available to help you understand the process and overcome administrative barriers that often limit the chances of women outside the US.
Costs To You
US schools decide on a case-by-case basis what costs the scholarship will cover and what they will not cover. Therefore, if you are fortunate enough to be awarded a US scholarship, there may be financial responsibilities that you would need to raise your own money to cover. These could include the deposit to hold your place if accepted, a loan as part of the tuition, some living expenses, clothes, etc. However, it is difficult to know at this stage what those costs may be, and you should not let those costs prevent you from applying.
To be in our program you will need constant, very strong internet access (which could be access at school or an internet café, if you do not have access in your home). If you don’t have or can’t afford to be on the internet everyday, it would hold you back and you should not apply.
Also, we will need you to work very hard between the months of January 2017 and June 2017. You cannot have a full time job, and ideally not even a part time job during that time period in order to complete this program. If you must work full time between January and June, you should not apply.
US University Application Process and Timing
Who We're Looking For
We’re looking for women who:
• Are between 18 and 23
• Will have completed secondary school before January 2017
• Are from a low-income household
• Are pursuing and undergraduate degree (not accepting masters degree seeking students)
• Have demonstrated leadership experience
• Are passionate about returning home to improve the conditions of their country
• Live within 1 hour of country's capital city
• Have daily access to a strong Internet connection and computer (this is very important and there are no exceptions)
• Speak and write English very well: This is critical because all US universities require a high score on the TOEFL language exam. Therefore, if your English is not strong, we recommend that you spend a year studying and apply next year.
• Have VERY STRONG grades: Consistently ranked high in your class (1-10) and scored strongly on the National Exam. This is important because all US universities are challenging and only accept those with the highest grades.
• Dedicated to the program: Able to dedicate their days in February 2017 – June 2017 to complete the program. You must agree to not work at a full-time job during this period.
Key Evaluative Criteria
Only apply if you are strong in all four areas:
Language: Strong command of written and spoken English.
Academic Excellence: High class ranking and strong grades in high school and high score on the National Exam.
Leadership Abilities: Has participated as a leader in several activities.
Reliable and consistent Internet access: Can be on the internet for several hours every day.