Building The Network: USAP Forum 2016 Report


The annual USAP Forum was held under the theme “Building the USAP Network, Empowering Communities”  July 15-17 at Smith and Amherst Colleges. The conference aimed to foster strong connections within USAP and to expand the network to benefit our communities. We envisioned that at the end of the forum, USAP would be leveraged into a more robust … Continue reading Building The Network: USAP Forum 2016 Report

An Intern’s Perspective: Women’s Movement in Zimbabwe?


As a rising sophomore from Zimbabwe at Bates College, a small, liberal arts American college, currently majoring in Women and Gender Studies, I began my internship with a burning question: “Is there a women’s movement in Zimbabwe?” Furthermore, what shape and form does it take in the current crumbling, patriarchal, and economically-depressed context? My Zimbabwe Career Connect Internship with the Women’s Coalition … Continue reading An Intern’s Perspective: Women’s Movement in Zimbabwe?

A Letter To You, Zimbabwean College Student in the USA…


I got to Junior year in college with very high morale. Classes were going great. I had made a lot of friends; it really helped that Amherst is a small liberal arts college with one dining hall. Everything did look pretty put together, but something was off. The feelings of guilt and general unease about the situation … Continue reading A Letter To You, Zimbabwean College Student in the USA…

Student Athletes On Way to the US


Fifteen Zimbabwean student athletes who worked with the Student Athlete Cohort leave for the United States in July and August to start their university studies and pursue their sports at higher levels.   The Student Athlete Cohort worked with these students who have reached Provincial and national levels in their various sporting disciplines, and may have also … Continue reading Student Athletes On Way to the US

A Banana Tree In An Apple Orchard


Photo Credit: Alonso Nichols/Tufts University For me, application season was not a summer breeze, it was a terrible monsoon. Put simply, mixing Critical Reading and A level Physics can have explosive results –literally. I remember short-circuiting a capacitor in the Physics lab trying to set it up (the capacitor not the lab) and simultaneously understand Napoleon’s letters … Continue reading A Banana Tree In An Apple Orchard

USAP Forum Earlybird Registration Closes May 31


I remember the first time I heard about USAP- a dedicated family of high achievers.  A strong ethos of giving back, financial need, leadership qualities, and high academic excellence are what brought this family to its conception in 1999. With the aim of providing access to world class education to low-income students, the network continues … Continue reading USAP Forum Earlybird Registration Closes May 31

Three USAP Students Graduate From Harvard Med


Today we celebrate a remarkable feat that can be summarized in a simple headline: Harvard Medical School graduates three Zimbabwean USAP students.  Dr. Fallon Chipidza.  Dr. Portia Chipendo. Dr. Emmanuel Magara. Fallon attended Vainona High before getting a scholarship to complete A level at Regina Mundi in Gweru where she became the Headgirl.  Portia was at … Continue reading Three USAP Students Graduate From Harvard Med

Student Athlete Cohort Open for Applications


Are you a national level student athlete in Zimbabwe? Are you interested in getting paid to play and study at the university level in the United States? Education Matters is currently accepting applications for our Student Athlete Cohort.  The cohort is limited to 35 students who meet the following criteria: Students in L6 or U6 who are … Continue reading Student Athlete Cohort Open for Applications