2019 Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program

Deadline: January 31, 2019.

Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program is to build a fellowship of globally-educated young leaders in Africa with the capacity to transform their communities and accelerate growth in their country. The program selects the most talented high school graduates, helps them earn scholarships to study abroad, and equips them to launch their careers back in Africa. Since 2011, Bridge2Rwanda has helped 206 African students from Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan earn over $50 million in scholarships to 78 of the top universities around the world.

For the first 16 months of the program, Scholars immerse themselves in B2R’s rigorous Leadership Academy located at the B2R Training Center on the campus of the University of Rwanda – College of Business and Economics in Kigali. Scholars are required to make a full-time commitment to the Leadership Academy without any guarantee they will be awarded a university scholarship. In addition, they sign a written commitment that if they are awarded an international scholarship they will return to work in Africa after their university graduation. In addition to academic performance and English language skills, the selection process considers leadership potential, people skills and the student’s desire to make a difference in his or her country.




1. Bridge2Rwanda only accepts recent high school graduates who are 21 years old or younger.

2. They are currently accept students from Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and South Sudan.



The Bridge2Rwanda Scholars’ Program helps prepare and equip African students to compete for international scholarships to study abroad. Bridge2Rwanda’s 16-month Leadership Academy addresses five primary areas designed to prepare students for academic success and meaningful lives and careers in Africa:

  • Academic preparation – Improve English language skills (vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing), critical thinking, problem solving and admission test scores.
  • Personal development and leadership training – Encourage a purpose-driven life and service to others. Teaching the heart and mindset of effective leaders and entrepreneurs.
  • Community service projects – Facilitate student-initiated projects to address real needs in the Rwandan community. Teach scholars to recognize their capacity to make a difference and to seek opportunities to serve others throughout their lives.
  • College counseling – Navigate the global university admissions process. Equip scholars to share their stories and serve as ambassadors for their countries. Prepare scholars for the challenges of living and studying in a foreign country.
  • Career counseling – Provide personal vocational assessments, industry visits 
and career counseling regarding Africa’s growth sectors, employers and professional opportunities.




Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program

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