Two USAP Alum Win Rhodes Scholarships


The USAP family is celebrating another amazing success as USAP alumni Ngoni Mugwisi and Lilian Dube have won this year’s two Zimbabwean Rhodes Scholarships. Ngoni, who studied O levels at Mkoba High and A levels at Thornhill High in Gweru, is currently a final year student at Arizona State University, where he is part of the … Continue reading Two USAP Alum Win Rhodes Scholarships

Join Us – Donate on #GivingTuesday


Education Matters has launched a USAP Access Fund on Global Giving US and Global Giving UK online giving platforms.  We are part of #GivingTuesday on 29 November and are aiming to reach our goal of a $20,000 fund in donations on that day. There are numerous hidden costs when applying and enrolling an international universities, costs which can be … Continue reading Join Us – Donate on #GivingTuesday

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

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

Rest In Peace Energy Maburutse


It is with great sadness that we share the news that USAP and Lynn University alumnus Energy Maburutse died on February 24, 2016 at home in Zimbabwe. Energy was home in Honde Valley and developed a bad cough. He was brought to the local clinic where he was then admitted to the hospital where he died, with the brittle … Continue reading Rest In Peace Energy Maburutse

Reflections: The Spark


Every high school student applying to selective U.S. universities is seeking that magic formula that will land them a golden ticket – admission with the amount of financial assistance they need to attend.  They seek an elusive elixir of grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, leadership positions and the ultimate captivating and compelling essay.   I can’t count … Continue reading Reflections: The Spark