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 U.S. undergraduate scholarships to join our program for 2018. Below is an overview of our program and how to apply.
What We Do
We assist young women who are passionate about attending a U.S. college or university but need guidance in how to apply. Those selected to be in the program will attend an immersive internet course from January 2018 through June 2018 to prepare them for two college entrance exams: the ACT (American College Testing) and the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Those who perform well are matched with a team of 5-6 mentors in the United States to “help” or “mentor” them throughout the process of applying for scholarships at U.S. colleges and universities. 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 and making phone calls to the school to introduce you. 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 IELTS exams, and if you do, we will assist you in applying for scholarships at U.S. 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 with the process and overcome administrative barriers that often limit the chances of women outside the U.S.
Costs To You
U.S. 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 U.S. 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 you could 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 every day, it would hold you back and you should not apply.
Also, we will need you to work very hard between the months of January to June 2018. 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.
U.S. University Application Process and Timing
If you are accepted into SHE-CAN, you will spend January through June 2018 working online on ACT and IELTS preparation courses and completing a volunteer project that you initiate (to be explained once accepted). Between June and October 2018, you will begin working on your university applications. Therefore, once the ACT and IELTS courses are complete, you will be busy researching schools, writing your student essays, completing the school and financial aid applications and gathering recommendations, transcripts, bank records. The work is intense and to do it well we ask that you not work or attend other schools.
SHE-CAN has developed relationships with U.S. schools that have guaranteed places for our scholars. Currently, we have relationships with 11 schools, and we're continually working to increase that number. These relationships ensure that if you are accepted into the program as a SHE-CAN scholar in June 2018, after your college examinations and Take the Lead projects are complete, the chances of you winning a scholarship to one of the schools in the SHE-CAN coalition is very high. SHE-CAN scholars must apply to a SHE-CAN coalition school. These schools include:
SHE-CAN Application Process and Timing
To apply to SHE-CAN, you must fill out the SHE-CAN Application (for Cambodia or Rwanda) and send us your transcripts, national exam scores if available and a photo. The application and transcripts will take you some time to gather and complete. We will be accepting candidates on a rolling basis, and the sooner you apply, the better. We will accept applications through October 1 in Rwanda and through November 1 in Cambodia.
Required Application Documents
If you are interested, please fill out the online SHE-CAN Application (for Cambodia or Rwanda) and upload your documents on the site.
Academic Records: A scanned copy of your last three years of high school grades or transcripts, your university transcripts (if relevant), and your National Exam Scores. If your scores are not in English, please provide a translated copy (does not need to be official - you can translate the scores yourself for our application).
Test Scores: If you have taken either the ACT, SAT, TOEFL, or IELTS exam, please have a copy of your scores ready to upload to your application.
Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Priority will be given to applications that have attached all required records. If you do not have your National Exam Scores, please let us know when you will receive them and send them as soon as you get them. If the transcripts are not included, we will disregard your application. It is your responsibility to include them with the application; given the number of applications we cannot ask you for missing documents. Therefore, only complete applications will be considered.
We hope you’re interested in applying and look forward to reviewing your application.
If you are selected as a finalist, you will be invited to a series of interviews to take place in November for Rwandan candidates and in January for Cambodian candidates.
Who We're Looking For
We’re looking for women who:
• Are between 18 and 23
• Will have completed secondary school before January 2018
• Are from a low-income household
• Are seeking an undergraduate degree (not accepting graduate 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 U.S. universities require a high score on the IELTS 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 U.S. universities are challenging and only accept those with the highest grades.
• Dedicated to the program: Able to dedicate their days in February through June 2018 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: Have participated as a leader in several activities.
Reliable and Consistent Internet Access: Can be on the internet for several hours every day.