Yale African Scholars Program (YYAS) | Deadline February 6, 2019

The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) brings together African secondary school students between the ages of 15–18 for a tuition-free, intensive academic and leadership program that lasts eight-days per session. In 2019 the program will be held in three countries—Ghana, Kenya, and Zimbabwe—between late July and end of August. Continue reading

America’s Top Colleges – Part I

Looking for the top colleges in The United States? You are not alone! Many people are interested in knowing which schools are considered the best of the best, and they may even be interested in getting their application in. Even with acceptance rates of 5.6% percent, like at Harvard University, it never hurts to throw your hat in the ring and see if you are one of the chosen ones.

Determining the best colleges in America actually depends on what criteria you use. Some reports, like  U.S. News & World Report, evaluate colleges and universities on 16 measures of academic quality. They allow you to compare at a glance the relative quality of U.S. institutions based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as first-year student retention, graduation rates and the strength of the faculty. while the FORBES list, of America’s Top Colleges, is focused on the direct benefits schools provide their graduates. They look at alumni salaries, debt after graduation, retention and graduation rates, debt load upon graduation, alumni salaries and signs of individual success including academic and career accolades.  Both lists are worth checking out and using as tools in your research.

Here is a list of the top-ranked universities in America (some involve ties) that appear on both lists in no particular order:

In addition to some of those listed, the ones ranked as best colleges by student reports include Williams College, Amherst College, United States Military Academy, Swarthmore College, and Claremont McKenna College.

The top colleges in America come at a hefty price tag for those who get selected to attend. While Princeton University has a 7 percent acceptance rate, 2018–2019 tuition and fee rate is $49,055. Meanwhile, the University of Chicago has an 8.8 percent acceptance rate and their 2018-2019 tuition and fee rate is $54,825. However, generally speaking, the price is worth the return on investment when it comes to listing one of these schools on your resume as your alma mater.

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship now offered at 57 US Universities

Beginning in Fall 2019, participating colleges and universities will each offer two annual, renewable scholarships that cover a minimum of 50% tuition to selected international undergraduates dedicated to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message by bridging intercultural divides. Applicants will answer a short essay question or present a multimedia project about their ideas for advancing intercultural learning and understanding on their future campuses.  Continue reading

World Bank Africa Fellowship Program – 2019 Cohort

WBG Africa Fellowship Program

The World Bank Group (WBG) Africa Fellowship Program targets young talented African nationals who are completing or recently completed a Ph.D. in an area relevant to the World Bank’s work. The fellowship program builds a strong pipeline of young African talent interested in a career in development, in international institutions, African governments, think tanks, and academia. The program offers chosen fellows a six-month assignment at World Bank Group (WBG) offices in Washington D.C. or in country offices to gain hands-on experience in the operations of the WBG. This includes knowledge generation and dissemination, the design of global and country policies, and the building of institutions to achieve inclusive growth in developing countries. While benefitting from research and innovation in multiple sectors, fellows will also work on research, economic policy, technical assistance, and lending operations that contribute to the World Bank’s goal of eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity.

The WBG’s Africa fellows have proven to be valuable resources for their hiring units. They contribute to the work program of their respective units and to the World Bank’s mission. In the process they (i) gain a better understanding of the World Bank’s operations; (ii) access quality data for their research; (iii) interact with and learn from seasoned experts in the field of development.

The application period opens between August and September of each year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a Sub-Saharan national who are recent Ph.D. graduates, or current doctoral students within a year of completing or graduating from a Ph.D. program in all relevant field of development, including, but not limited to economics, education, health, governance, energy, agriculture, infrastructure, demography.
  • Have an excellent command of English, both written and verbal
  • Be under the age of 32 by the closing of the application period

About the current cohort of Fellows (2018 cohort)

The 2018 cohort attracted 3,029 candidates, of which 144 from 26 African countries were preselected as potential fellows ready for hire. Twenty-four fellows have been selected and assigned to work in various World Bank Group units, including agriculture, energy, and trade. The cohort is composed of 15 women and eight men from 12 African countries.

Fellows are working in the following units across the World Bank: Agriculture, Education, Energy & Extractives, Governance, Africa Chief Economist Office, Development Economics, Health, Nutrition & Population, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment, Social Protection & Labor, Poverty, Climate Change, Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships, Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV), and Gender. The program is supported by the Think Africa Partnership (TAP), the FCV Fund, as well as IDA resources of the WBG Africa region.

2019 WBG-AFRICA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
  • DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: October 5, 2018


The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF)

The application period for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) is now open.   The fellowship commonly referred to as Young African Leadership Institute Fellows is funded by the United States Government through their State Department and was initiated under former President Barack Obama and continued under current President Donald Trump.

The application will close on October 10, 2018. No applications will be accepted after this date.  Don’t wait until the last minute to complete your application. Prepare early and take the time to thoughtfully compose your answers before you fill out and submit your application.

The department has put together a publication with advice from former Fellows on successfully navigating the application process.  It can be accessed at The Fellowship Application Insider

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Obama Foundation Fellowship Program 2019 for civic innovators (Fully Funded)

The Obama Foundation Fellowship supports outstanding civic innovators – leaders who are working with their communities to create transformational change, addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems. The program selects 20 community-minded rising stars from around the world for a two-year, non-residential program, designed to amplify the impact of their work and inspire a wave of civic innovation.

The Obama Foundation Fellows are a diverse set of leaders who bring a community-centered approach to science, criminal justice, healthcare, education, the arts, and more. Together they model the powerful truth that each of us has a role to play in civic life.

The two-year, non-residential Obama Fellowship offers hands-on training, resources, and leadership development to help Fellows scale the impact of their work. Fellows participate in four multi-day gatherings where they collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and collectively push their work forward. Throughout the program, each Fellow pursues a personalized plan to leverage the Fellowship experience to take their work to the next level.

Location:

United States

Benefits

  • Guidance in developing a personalized Fellowship roadmap to help you get the most out of the program
  • Ongoing skill-building and training courses tailored to your particular needs
  • Individual coaching and mentoring to help you move your work forward
  • Participation in a global cohort of leaders poised to change the civic engagement landscape
  • Exposure to opportunities provided by other Foundation programming, such as mentorship roles and speaking engagements
  • Participation in four gatherings (including economy airfare to/from the event, lodging, and all meals during the events)
  • For the inaugural class – the opportunity to shape the Fellowship program for future years

Eligibilities

Obama Foundation will not choose applicants having the following criteria:

  • Under 18
  • Current participants in other Obama Foundation programming Candidates for a political office chosen through a partisan election, either now or during the Fellowship term
  • Working for 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6) organizations

Obama Fellows are expected to fall in the following creiteria:

  • Civic innovators
    • They are looking for individuals who are working to solve important public problems in creative and powerful ways.
  • Discipline diverse
    • This fellowship is for organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more. It is for those working within systems like governments or businesses, as well as those working outside of formal institutions.
  • At a tipping point in their work
    • Successful applicants have already demonstrated meaningful impact in their communities, gaining recognition among their peers for their contributions. Now, they stand at a breakthrough moment in their careers. They’re poised to use the Fellowship to significantly advance their work, perhaps by launching new platforms, expanding to broader audiences, or taking their work to a national or global stage. If you’ve already gained global recognition for your work or if your civic innovation work has just begun, you may not be the ideal candidate for this program.
  • Talented, but not connected
    • They have a strong preference for civic innovators who are not currently connected to the networks and resources they need to advance their work. If you’re not sure whether you fit this description, feel free to apply — and make sure to articulate how the resources of the Fellowship would uniquely impact your work.
  • Good humans
    • A strong moral character is essential for the strength of this community, the integrity of the program, and the longevity of its value. They’re seeking inspirational individuals who demonstrate humility and work collaboratively with others towards shared goals.
  • Applicants must be 18 or older. They’re looking for participants who are at a “tipping point” stage in their careers, rather than those who fit a particular age requirement.

Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

Apply online through the given link.

Application Deadline: September 18, 2018

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New York University (NYU) Introduces free Medical School

NYU School of Medicine announced today that it is offering full-tuition scholarships to all current and future students in its MD degree program regardless of need or merit—a bold effort to simultaneously address the rising costs of medical education and still attract the best and brightest students to careers in medicine. It is the only top 10–ranked medical school in the nation to do so.

The announcement from the medical school’s trustees, leaders, and faculty was delivered this morning to first-year medical students and family members as a surprise ending to the annual White Coat Ceremony, where each new student is presented with a white lab coat to mark the start of their medical education and training.

“Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our trustees, alumni, and friends, our hope—and expectation—is that by making medical school accessible to a broader range of applicants, we will be a catalyst for transforming medical education nationwide,” says Kenneth G. Langone, chair of the Board of Trustees of NYU Langone Health. The yearly tuition costs covered by the scholarship are $55,018.

“This decision recognizes a moral imperative that must be addressed, as institutions place an increasing debt burden on young people who aspire to become physicians,” says Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber Dean of NYU School of Medicine and CEO of NYU Langone Health.

Overwhelming student debt is fundamentally reshaping the medical profession in ways that are adversely affecting healthcare. Saddled with staggering student loans, many medical school graduates choose higher-paying specialties, drawing talent away from less lucrative fields like primary care, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. Moreover, the financial barriers discourage many promising high school and college students from considering a career in medicine altogether due to fears about the costs associated with medical school.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, 75 percent of all doctors in the U.S. graduated with debt in 2017. Additionally, the median cost of medical education (tuition and fees) for private medical school is $59,605 and the median current debt of a graduating student is $202,000. What’s more, 21 percent of doctors graduating from a private school do so with more than $300,000 of educational debt.

“A population as diverse as ours is best served by doctors from all walks of life, we believe, and aspiring physicians and surgeons should not be prevented from pursuing a career in medicine because of the prospect of overwhelming financial debt,” says Dr. Grossman.

Leaders at NYU School of Medicine also contend that addressing the challenges in medical education today requires more than just expanding the number of people being admitted to medical school, but a full retrofitting of the pipeline that trains and finances how we do that.

“Tuition-free medical education goes beyond the merit and financial scholarships, and debt cancellations that other academic centers have traditionally favored,” says Rafael Rivera, MD, MBA, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “More importantly, it addresses both physician shortages and diversity.”

Grants, much like merit and financial aid, Dr. Rivera explains, are made only after students have chosen their career path. “That’s too late if we wish to expand the pipeline to bring forth the broadest, most talented group of students, and to give them the financial freedom to choose medicine over other careers.”

Tuition-Free Education Follows Other Moves to Reinvent Medical Education

Offering full-tuition scholarships for current and future students in its MD degree program is the most recent step NYU School of Medicine has taken to transform medical education for the better. The move closely follows its decision in 2013 to join a select group of U.S. medical schools offering an accelerated three-year curriculum. This allows physicians to get into the field of their choice earlier, during their most productive years, and with less debt.

While the three-year curriculum was an important beginning, it did not fully solve the problem of overwhelming debt. “This tuition-free initiative is the next big milestone in NYU School of Medicine’s effort to transform medical education,” says Steven B. Abramson, MD, senior vice dean for education, faculty, and academic affairs. “The model of medical education needs to address changing scientific, social, and economic circumstances as well as dramatic changes in the healthcare delivery system.”

“We believe that with our tuition-free initiative, we have taken a necessary, rational step that addresses a critical need to train the most talented physicians, unencumbered by crushing debt,” says Dr. Grossman. “We hope that many other academic medical centers will soon choose to join us on this path.”

This historic initiative was made possible by more than 2,500 supporters, including trustees, alumni, and friends. Visionary support was provided by Kenneth G. and Elaine Langone; trustee William Berkley and Marjorie Berkley; trustee Walter W. Buckley Jr. and Marjorie Buckley; Fiona Druckenmiller, co-chair of the Board of Trustees, and Stanley Druckenmiller; Laurence Fink, co-chair of the Board of Trustees, and trustee Lori Fink; trustee Larry Silverstein and Klara Silverstein; and trustee Jan T. Vilcek, MD, PhD, and Marica Vilcek.

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Is A U.S. Community College Right For You?

Here’s a tip that can reduce the cost of your first two years in a U.S. college by up to 90%.: consider a community college. Many U. S. students save thousands of dollars in tuition by attending community colleges for their first two years and then transferring to a four-year school to finish their bachelor’s degree. Every year, more African students follow their lead. It’s easier to get into a community college than a four-year school, and they often have stronger English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.

For most African students, community colleges are the best-kept secret of a U.S. education. Many community colleges offer excellent instruction for the first two years of college, at a fraction of the usual price. Virtually every city or county in the U.S. has a community college. They’re firmly rooted in the communities they serve.

Community colleges work because of a slightly different feature in the U.S. education system. In many countries in Europe and elsewhere, a college student studying engineering or law takes classes only in that subject for four years. In U.S. schools, the first two years of college are often spent on general studies in a variety of topics including math, science, history and art. Future engineers, lawyers, business people and artists are all in the same classes together. Students really begin to specialize only in their third year. Often, students don’t even decide what subject to major in until the end of their second year.

By attending a community college, you’ll be exposed to a more diverse student body than at a traditional four-year college or university. At many private universities, the majority of students are between the ages of 17 and 24. At community colleges, you’ll encounter students of all ages from teenagers to grandfathers. Students at a community college come from all walks of life. They range from successful business people learning a second language to low-paid workers taking computer classes.

Community colleges do offer certificates, vocational training, and two-year (or Associate’s degrees) but the majority of full-time students plan to transfer to a four-year college to finish their bachelor’s degree.

Here are just some of the advantages to community colleges:

  • Lower cost
  • Easier admission
  • Lower test scores
  • Less competition for scholarships
  • An emphasis on teaching
  • More individual attention
  • Better ESL programs

Lower Cost

You can save 40% to 90% on tuition! Community colleges are an excellent value for the dollar. They cost about 10% as much as a private university. Nationwide, tuition at community colleges averaged $2,191 per year in 2006 for a full-time student. Private four-year colleges averaged $21,235 while public four-year colleges averaged $5,491.  By attending a community college instead of a four-year public college, you save an average of 40%.

Easier Admission

It’s much easier to gain admission to a community college than to a four-year school. Students under 25 are usually admitted if they have a diploma from a secondary school. If not, they are often asked to take a GED test (General Equivalency Degree) to be admitted. Many top universities accept only a small number of the thousands of students who apply. Community colleges accept nearly everyone. In fact, many U.S. students whose grades in high school weren’t great go to a community college. If they do well, they can still transfer to a top school after two years.

Lower Test Scores

Some students just aren’t good at taking tests. Community colleges accept students with lower test scores or none at all. The majority of U.S. community colleges don’t require SAT or ACT tests at all. Students from the U.S. or abroad are given placement tests in reading and math. If their skills aren’t up to par, they can take remedial classes to “catch up.”  Community colleges also accept students with much lower TOEFL scores than four-year schools.

Better ESL Programs

Many community colleges offer larger and better English as a Second Language (ESL) programs that four-year schools. Attending community college is a great way to improve your TOEFL score while earning credit towards your degree. Often, special tutoring is provided for international students, in addition to ESL classes.

If English is your weak point, many community colleges offer intensive programs to improve your language skills. No TOEFL is required for these courses. Instead, you’re given a placement test when you start classes and assigned to a beginning, intermediate or advanced class. In a typical ESL program, you’ll study speech, grammar, writing and reading with students from around the world. Most programs provide tutoring and a language lab. They are designed specifically to improve your English skills before you start a degree program. Once you reach the advanced ESL level, you can take regular courses while continuing to study English.

Less Competition for Scholarships

Athletic scholarships often go unused at community colleges because everyone wants to play for the larger, more famous schools. Academic scholarships are also unused. When you apply for a community college scholarship, you may be competing with 10 other people. At the largest private universities, you may be competing with 2,000.

An Emphasis on Teaching

Community colleges make teaching their top priority.  At many elite private universities, research is more important than teaching. This is because most of the school’s income comes from research grants, not tuition. At these top schools, many classes are taught by graduate students who are studying for their PhD.  They may be brilliant students, but they don’t have any experience teaching. The top professors at a research university may devote all their time to research and never teach a class.

More Individual Attention

At public universities, classes may be enormous. It is not unusual to have a freshman class with 200 or even 500 students in a huge auditorium. The amount of time that the professor can spend with each student is severely limited. Many international students report that they receive more individual attention, and more help, at community colleges. Often community colleges have resources such as writing coaches or discussion groups specially designed to help ESL students.

Transferring to a Four-year School

If you want to transfer to a four-year school after community college, plan ahead. Many community college credits are transferable, but not every four-year school will accept every credit. Your best bet is to contact advisors at the four-year schools of your choice before you enroll in community college. Ask if they accept transfer credits from the community college and if any classes are excluded.

When you consider all the facts, a community college is a great way to start your education in the U.S.!

Improve Your Test Scores

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Are you stressing about testing? Most students do. Don’t worry, help is in sight! Follow these tips to improve your scores on any type of standardized test – the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, GRE, LSAT, or GMAT.

First, recognize that taking tests and preparing for tests are skills. Like any other skill, they can be learned, and they improve with practice. You will need to study for the tests, and you will need to practice taking tests.

Relax

Test scores are not the most important factors in getting into a U.S. college. Your grades in secondary school are more important to college admissions officers. They will also consider your activities outside of school, your athletic or leadership abilities, your admissions essay, and your evaluation letters. Finally, they’ll take a look at the interview. All of these factors, except possibly the interview, are more important than test grades alone.

Tests don’t carry the same significance in the U.S. as in some other countries. In Canada or the U.K., students take comprehensive tests when they are young teenagers. Only those who earn top scores go to university. That’s not true in the U.S., where tests are much less important.

Testing is stressful for many students whether they come from Africa or the U.S. The more tests that you take, the better you will be at it. Eventually, you will become an expert. Never avoid a test. If you have the opportunity to take a test, do so. It helps you to practice for the future.

Make a Plan

Start studying early for any test. Many students begin preparing for the major entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT a year or more in advance. Don’t believe anyone says that “you can’t study for these types of tests.” It’s true that studying doesn’t improve your score on an I.Q. test, but tests like the SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT, and GRE are as much a test of your knowledge as of your ability to reason. Students who study for these tests earn much higher grades. The TOEFL, of course, is exclusively a test of your knowledge in one subject: English.

Figure out how much time you can spend studying for tests, and still earn good grades at school. Break the test material down into blocks, and plan how much time you will use for each block. For the SAT, decide how much time you will spend studying for each section of the test.

Study your weakest subjects more than your strongest ones. In studying for the TOEFL, many international students say they wish they had spent more time practicing for the spoken part of the test. Instead, they focused on the reading and writing sections, which were easier for them. Don’t make this mistake! If math is your weakest area on the SAT, set aside extra time to study math.

Use Test Prep

There are some test preparation (or “test prep”) materials available. There are books, tapes, and online programs. Usually, they include tips and facts on each area of the test, plus practice tests.

Test prep materials also include tricks to improve your score. For example: on the SAT, if you really don’t know any answer, don’t guess. When the test is scored, a ¼ point is deducted for each wrong answer. You’re better off not answering a question than getting it wrong! On the other hand, if you can eliminate one or two of the five alternatives in a multiple-choice question, go ahead and make an “educated guess” among the others. You’re likely to improve your score that way.

Take a Practice Test

Perhaps the greatest advantage that test prep materials provide is the practice tests. They include practice tests and the correct answers. These are usually drawn from actual tests that were used in prior years. Recently, in a few widely publicized cases, international students received old SAT tests that were exactly the same as those in their test prep materials! Even if that never happens again, the more you practice taking tests, the easier it will become.

The Day Before

Don’t try to “cram” or study all night the day before the test. If you don’t already know the material on a standardized test the night before, it’s probably too late. The best way to improve your score is to get at least eight hours of sleep the night before the test, so you are at your best. The day before the exam, be sure that you know exactly where it will be given and how to get there. Before you go to bed, make sure that you have everything that you will need for the test ready. On the morning of the test, be sure to eat something. Some studies show that students perform better on tests when they eat breakfast.

Come Prepared

If you’re not taking the test online, make sure that you have any required materials like pencils and pens. Remember to bring your receipt to gain admission to the test. If the building where the test will be given is air conditioned, bring a sweater or jacket in case the room is too cold. Avoid drinking too many liquids just before the test, so you don’t have to go to the bathroom.

Reward Yourself

Schedule a special family dinner or some time to relax with friends after the test.  You’ve spent a lot of time studying, so spend some time relaxing.

If you don’t think you did well, don’t let it worry you too much. The latest psychological studies on pessimism show that many students have negative thoughts about a test in the days just before and after the test. Usually, they are less fearful about the test results as time goes on. By the time they receive their grades, they are pleasantly surprised!

Consider Testing Again

If you didn’t get a high score on the test, and you know you can do better, retake it. Some students are afraid to do this. They think, “What if I get a lower score?” Don’t let that discourage you from testing again. Almost every U.S. college or university will allow you to use whichever score is higher.  This will mean paying the test fee a second time, but it’s more than worth it if it earns you a scholarship, or gets you into the school of your dreams.

 

Winning An Athletic Scholarship

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“When I learned how much going to college in the U.S. could cost, I was a little discouraged,” says Ade Otegbeye, of Nigeria, an engineering student at Indiana University. “Then I realized that even if you’re not a superstar, you can still get an athletic scholarship in many cases.”  With good grades and better-than-average athletic skills, Ade Otegbeye* got a full scholarship as a member of the school’s soccer team. The team provided an instant group of friends, and the scholarship allowed him to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an engineer.

More than 125,000 college scholarships are awarded to athletes every year. While 1% of these scholarships go to superstars, the majority – the remaining 99% — go to athletes who are good, but not great. Follow these tips and you can cash in on more than $376 million in athletic scholarships available to men and women every year.

According to college coaches, a student doesn’t need to be an all-star to earn a scholarship. Other qualities, including motivation and persistence, are more important. A student-athlete should be willing to try hard, to give 100% in their sport. A good athlete needs to be willing to work hard in the classroom as well as on the playing field. He or she should be a team player, and be open to suggestions and criticism from coaches. Often, these qualities combined are more valuable to a coach than athletic ability alone.

First, you need to establish your goals. Is competing at the college level the next step in your athletic career? Or is college the next step in your career plan, and athletics a way to accomplish that?

Be honest with yourself about your abilities. Are you currently setting records for your country? Are you among the top 10 athletes in the sport, in your age group? If so, you are what’s known as a “blue chip” athlete. Within the U.S., these athletes are courted by top universities who offer them full scholarships that include tuition, room and board, and books. If you’re a superstar, and you contact U.S. coaches early, there’s a good chance you’ll receive several competitive offers. If your next step is becoming a professional athlete or competing in the Olympics, you’ll want to compete at the highest level at a Division I school.

What if you’re a good athlete, but not the best in the world?

You still have an excellent chance of winning an athletic scholarship. Even the most competitive schools only sign one or two “superstars” each year. The remaining scholarships, more than 120,000 every year, go to athletes who are talented but not phenomenal.  Don’t be afraid to apply to the top tier universities. Different coaches look for different qualities in players, to round out the team. Your teamwork, speed or ball-handling skills may be exactly what that coach is looking for. Coaches respond to dedication in students. Competing on the college level requires a commitment in time and effort. Many international students are highly dedicated, on and off the field.

No matter what your level of ability, apply at smaller schools as well as the more famous universities. Virtually every school has a college athletic program and scholarships. A number of smaller schools have athletic scholarships that go unused, every year. By contacting smaller schools and community colleges, even an average athlete may easily land a full scholarship. A strong work ethic and a positive attitude are usually important to every coach. Many students with scholarships to community college are awarded full scholarships to four-year schools after two years.

Be proactive. No matter how good you are, you need to make the first contact. Even the biggest U.S. colleges with the most competitive programs can’t scout every school in the U.S., much less international schools. You need to take the initiative to contact coaches. One thing that all successful student-athletes have in common: they captured the coach’s attention. Athletes who contact coaches several times have a better chance of succeeding.

Consider changing sports. Many athletes have been successful in winning a scholarship by switching sports. At Washington State University, the women’s rowing crew has more than 60 team members. Just six of them were in rowing prior to college. All of the others were high school athletes, in other sports ranging from volleyball to swimming. As an athlete, you probably have skills that will work in a number of sports. If you’re fast, consider transferring from soccer to track. If you’re a great kicker, consider American football.

Don’t ignore your grades. In the past, the stereotype of a student-athlete was someone who was a big, dumb idiot – always male – who was failing all his classes. If that picture was ever true, it’s not any longer. Student-athletes are expected to have good grades, just to get into a competitive college. When a coach sees that a high school student has poor grades, they question the athlete’s commitment and ability to manage their time.

By the way, the stereotype of the male athlete has also changed. Since 1972, by law, every American college that receives any type of federal funding must offer as many scholarships for female athletes as for men. That means that every school that has $1 million in football scholarships, also has at least $1 million in scholarships for female athletes.

Don’t turn down a partial scholarship. Often, other loans and grants are available to international students who win a partial athletic scholarship. If your athletic scholarship covers 50% of your education, another program may cover the rest. Many schools offer special scholarships for international students. You may receive an academic scholarship or grant based on your grades.

Ade Otegbeye plans to return to his native Africa after he graduates in May. “I’m really grateful that I had this opportunity to attend college in the U.S., and help my people,” he says. “I would recommend an athletic scholarship to anyone. “

 

*Student names have been changed to protect their identities.