Education USA Scholars Program 2018 for Rwandan Students

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The EducationUSA office at the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy–Kigali, seeks to identify and recruit  Rwandan students who scored 75% and above in Senior 4, Senior 5, and Senior 6 to join the EducationUSA Scholars Program (ESP).

About EducationUSA

EducationUSA’s mission is to assist our Scholars in negotiating the admissions process in U.S. colleges and universities to better their academic futures, with the goal of producing highly-skilled and widely-educated leaders to build tomorrow’s Rwanda.

Each month, the EducationUSA Adviser hosts an open presentation for all levels of interested students. All presentations are one-hour long and will be conducted in the U.S. Embassy Library and IRC (Information Resource Center). Arrive early to check-in and be sure to bring a photo I.D. to enter. No electronic devices may be brought in to the presentation. It is suggested that students bring a notepad and something to write with. The schedule is as follows with short descriptions about each presentation:

About EducationUSA, Rwanda

EducationUSA Kigali actively promotes United States higher education by offering accurate, comprehensive, objective and timely information about educational opportunities in the United States as well as guidance to qualified Rwandan students on how best to access those opportunities.

The EducationUSA Kigali Advising Center includes a small educational library of reference guides and catalogs from various U.S. colleges and universities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

We do not limit the program geographically; however, students must be able to reach our offices in Kigali  as required for full participation. ESP students will work with the EducationUSA Adviser in 2018 to try and secure admission and financial aid to begin classes at U.S. colleges and universities for the Fall 2019 school term.

Level/Field of study:

The scholarships are available for pursuing the undergraduate programme in any field of study.

Host Nationality:

The scholarship is hosted by USA.

Eligible Nationality:

Scholarship is open to Rwandan students.

Scholarship Benefits:

The Education USA Advising Center works with students through regularly scheduled training sessions to assist them throughout the application process to secure admission and financial aid from universities in the United States. The Centre in turn expects a sincere commitment from the students to give back their energy and time to the program and to their communities.

Scholarship Number:

The number of offers was not specified.

Eligibility:

The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • A VERY strong academic record, be actively involved in co-curricular and leadership activities, have a strong record of giving back to your community and demonstrate financial need.
  • Only students who will graduate from secondary schools in November 2017 and those who graduated in 2016 or 2015 are eligible to apply. Students who graduated in 2014 and years prior are not eligible.

Application Procedure:

To apply for the 2018 EducationUSA  Scholars Program (ESP), students must fully complete the application.

It is important to go through the Application requirements and process in the Program Webpage (See Link below) before applying.

Please complete the application form and submit it together in one PDF file with the required documents listed under the “ How to Apply” section.
Please, note that
Hand written application forms and recommendation forms may be submitted
ONLY typed application essays will be considered (The essay prompts may be found in the 2018 ESP application form).
All application materials should be submitted in one PDF document by e-mail to educationusakigali@state.gov

A complete application consists of the below documents (all documents must be submitted to educationusakigali@state.gov..
  • Complete application form. You may download the 2018 ESP APPLICATION FORM HERE (PDF-266 KB).
  • Letters of recommendation form attesting to your character, talent and skills completed by a teacher, school administrator, priest/pastor or NGO or community leader who knows you well. Students should ensure that the letters of recommendations are submitted.
  • Attach scanned copies of school reports or academic transcripts from Senior 4, Senior 5, and Senior 6. All school reports should have an official stamp from applicant’s high school.
  • Write two essays from the prompts in the application, each of about 250–500 words. Submit your essay along with your application materials to educationusakigali@state.gov

Visit the Official Webpage of the EducationUSA Scholars Program (ESP) 2018

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Application Deadline:

Currently, this scholarship is unavailable but we shall keep you posted on the new date

Applying for USA Student Visa

Generally, any visa applicant coming to the United States to attend an approved educational course of study requires a Student Visa.

Upon acceptance to a U.S. school the student plans to attend, the student will be enrolled in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

Instructions on completing the SEVIS I-901 fee and associated signatures through the SEVIS system will be provided by the U.S. school.

The school will enter the principal applicant’s name in the SEVIS system as well as the names of any family members who plan to travel with the principal applicant in order to generate the necessary I-20 form(s). Each family member must receive their own I-20.

If the family members do not apply with the principal applicant, a copy of original I-20 issued by the principal visa holder’s school will be required. Visit the U.S.

Continuing students may apply for a new visa at any time, as long as they have been maintaining student status and their SEVIS (http://www.ice.gov/sevis) records are current. Continuing students may also enter the United States at any time before their classes start.

Steps required to apply for a US Visa

If required to apply for a Visa to travel to the United States the process includes the following steps:

  1. Determine the type of Visa required to travel to the United States. Information about Visa types can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/all-visa-categories.html.
  2. Complete the online visa application form, DS-160. The DS-160 is a U.S. Government on-line form and can only be completed at https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC. Each applicant must complete this form before using any services on this website.
  3. Return to this website and complete the following application steps to schedule a Consular Section appointment:
    • Create a user account
    • Enter the DS-160 confirmation number for each applicant applying for a Visa
    • Pay the Nonimmigrant Visa (MRV) application fee(s)
    • Schedule a Consular Section appointment
  4. Attend the Consular Section appointment.

Note: Applicants of a certain age group or those who are renewing a previous U.S. visa may be eligible to apply for a visa without attending a Consular interview. Eligibility for the “Interview Waived” program will be determined as the applicant goes through the process of scheduling an appointment through this site. The determination will be made based on the answers provided to the qualifying criteria.

General Required Documents – For All Visa Types

The following documents are required for all visa types:

  1. Current Passport valid for travel to the United States. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay in the United States (unless exempt by country-specific agreements.)
  2. Passport containing the most recently issued U.S. Visa (if applicable).
  3. Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page.
  4. Confirmation and Instructions page printed from this website
  5. One 5 x 5 cm (2 x 2 inches) color photo taken within the last 6 months. Further details regarding Department of State photo guidelines can be found at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/photos.html.
  6. Accompanying family members, unless entering the United States for another purpose, should present a marriage certificate (spouse) and/or birth certificate (for unmarried children under 21), as applicable.

If you are attending an appointment in person, you must bring original documents. If you are eligible to send your documents via courier, you must send your current valid passport and the prior passport containing the most recently issued U.S Visa (if applicable), as well as the DS-160 confirmation page and copies of any other supporting documents. Please see the section below for a list of supporting documents required for each visa type.

additional requested documents for an in-person interview may include evidence of:

  • The purpose of your trip
  • Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
  • Your ability to pay all the costs of your trip.
  • Evidence of your employment and/or family ties may be sufficient to show the purpose of your trip and your intent to return to your home country.
  • If you cannot cover all the costs for your trip, you may show evidence that another person will cover some or all of the costs for your trip.

For more information, contact

U.S. Embassy in Kigali

2657 Avenue de la Gendarmerie (Kacyiru)
P.O. Box 28 Kigali, Rwanda
Phone: (250) 252 596 400
Fax: (250) 252 580 325

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