INTERNATIONAL ACAC SCHOLAR PROGRAM
International ACAC promotes access to higher education opportunities for the neediest students around the world by supporting those who work directly with them. Over the past two years, we have received 113 applications and have selected a total of 19 Scholars. Last year, scholarship recipients were funded to attend the International ACAC Financial Aid Institute, the International ACAC Conference, as well as a bus tour to different university campuses. We just launched the Scholar Mentor Program this past year, which partners each Scholar with an International ACAC member to provide year-long support and professional mentorship. The hope is that the Scholar Mentor Program will allow these talented counselors to put into practice new knowledge, skills, and best practices for their students, communities, and regions.
Click here to learn more about the 2016 Scholars.
2017 Scholar Program nominations are now closed. Thank you for the many nominations received!
We encourage and rely on International ACAC members to identify and nominate counseling colleagues that are high impact counselors working in schools (or with student populations) that do not have professional development funding to attend such a conference. In the fall, a call for nominations is sent to our membership. Additionally, Inclusion, Access, and Success (IAS) committee members do outreach in various regions, seeking the most high-impact counselors in the world, who work with the most under-resourced students. Preference is given to counselors who have been nominated; who have demonstrated a history of commitment and impact in college guidance, even if they have held another role - such as principal, teacher, or advisor; who work with talented, under-resourced students.
2017 Scholar Program application is now closed.
Below are just a few reasons you may want to consider an application to be an International ACAC Scholar:
New Relationships with Admissions Officers
"The great thing is that now my students have a wide range of universities to choose from. I came across all of these schools when I attended the University Fair. I am now working with admissions counselors I met. It makes a big difference." -Flavia Murengezi, Green Hills Academy, Rwanda
An Increase in Applications Overseas
"Before the conference, my years as a counselor were quite frustrating. I've always wanted to reach out to my students but I found myself confined by certain limits. Before this program, students would come to me for advice but I sent them to the Embassy due to lack of information. However, my training has given me a groundwork to give more accurate and precise information to my students. Our numbers applying overseas have increased." -Mercy Nwogbo, Federal Government Academy
Improved Advocacy for Students
"I have developed a strong working relationship with International ACAC members. This network of resources is already helping me to better serve my students as they select the right university or college for their growth as a global citizen. I have also learned which parts of our students' lives to highlight in their recommendation letters. While reading the case studies provided at the conference, I learnt what a comprehensive recommendation should include. I am already finding ways of sharing this with other members of Loyola's career guidance team as well as subject teachers whom our students may ask for recommendations." -Columba Thadey, Loyola High School, Tanzania
These are just a few things our Scholarship Cohort has shared with us. See what former cohorts Samuel Birondwa and Moses Illunga have to say in the video below, or click here to read more testimonials.
Those selected for an International ACAC Scholarship must be willing to:
Selection to be an International ACAC Scholar is based on the following criteria:
Preference is given to counselors who have been nominated; who have demonstrated a history of commitment and impact in college guidance, even if they have held another role - such as principal, teacher, or advisor; who work with talented, under-resourced students. We seek high-impact, difference-making individuals for this scholarship, because we know that we can only offer this scholarship once to a recipient.
For information on how you can contribute to the International ACAC Scholar Program, please click here.