Wednesday, October 16, 2013

(NEWZIMBABWE) US college admissions officers visit Zimbabwe
24/09/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

ADMISSIONS officers from five American universities and colleges, which host a multi-million scholarship fund for economically disadvantaged but gifted students, will visit Zimbabwe on Wednesday for a series of presentations in Harare, Rusape, Mutare and Chitungwiza.

The five American universities – Duke, Michigan State, Stanford, UC Berkeley and Wellesley – are host recipient institutions, together with Arizona State University, for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme introduced in 2012.

The five universities will be represented by their admissions officers who are responsible for recruiting undergraduate international students.

In August this year, twelve Zimbabwe students are awarded MasterCard Foundation Scholarship to pursue further studies in the United States. They are enrolled at Duke (1), Michigan State (4), Arizona State (3) and University of California at Berkeley (4).

An additional six Zimbabweans received scholarships under this programme during its inaugural year in 2012.

The visiting admissions officers will make presentations at Girls High School on Wednesday morning and travel to Rusape on the same day where they will talk to students from high schools in Nyanga, Rusape, Nyazura and Macheke at St Faith High School.

They will proceed to Mutare where they will be at the American Corner at the Turner Memorial Library the next morning before proceeding to St John’s College in Borrowdale in Harare the same afternoon. They conclude their visit at Nyatsime College in Chitungwiza on Friday morning.

Rebecca Zeigler Mano, the Education USA Country Coordinator, said more admissions officers would arrive soon and will visit other parts of the country not covered by the current visit.

“This will be the first time ever that we are bringing admissions officers to Manicaland. We have more admissions officers coming in the next two months – some are visiting Bulawayo, some Gweru and those only coming to Harare for one day will not have time to travel,” she said.

“We have four advising centres in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru and Mutare and try to spread opportunities for presentations and visits among them fairly.”

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme, launched in September last year, is a 10-year global initiative to educate and develop next-generation leaders who will contribute to social and economic progress.

The programme enables young people from economically-disadvantaged communities to complete quality university education, and make successful transitions to further education or to the workforce in their home countries.

There are over 1,200 Zimbabwean students enrolled at various American universities and colleges.

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