"We are a community brimming with energy and enthusiasm for our liberal arts mission. . . Bucknellians of all generations share curiosity, creativity, ambition and drive. Working with them, you'll achieve the education you deserve and you'll grow in ways that you never thought possible. You'll think critically, express yourself fully, thrive on challenge, and succeed in your career." (Bucknell - Who We Are)
Bucknell has been deeply involved with SHE-CAN since the very beginning in 2006 -- accepting and funding Simin Wahdat from Afghanistan and Malyse Uwase from Rwanda who eventually became the first SHE-CAN scholars. Bucknell accepted them before the idea of an “organization” was even a concept; therefore, we often refer to Bucknell as the “enabling school.” By taking the initial risk of believing they had a place for a Rwandan and an Afghan woman on their campus, they fully embraced their role in preparing fearless women to become global leaders.
Bucknell’s willingness to take risks and be a pioneer for women’s leadership has continued to this day as they were also one of the first to make a long-term commitment in joining the SHE-CAN coalition. We are very grateful for their belief in us since the beginning. Lastly, we owe a thanks to Bucknell’s management which played a pivotal role in providing valuable feedback that helped shape the SHE-CAN scholarship model and expand it to multiple colleges and universities.
William Morrow, Bucknell Trustee, expressed his support for the Coalition, saying, "The SHE-CAN scholarship program provides not only the opportunity for its scholars to benefit from the education that Bucknell can offer, but it furthers the university's Global Learning Initiative by bringing students from diverse geographies, backgrounds, and experiences that will enrich and educate the students, professors, and administrators with whom they will interact."
Their risk-oriented, innovative attitude and welcoming student body provide an ideal environment for our scholars to learn to step out of their comfort zones and internalize the university’s mission as pioneering change-makers. With two Bucknell graduates, and two scholars currently pursing their undergraduate degrees, we are proud that Bucknell plans to enroll their fifth SHE-CAN scholar in 2017.
Meet Our SHE-CAN Scholars