The mission of the International ACAC Scholar Program is to support under-resourced, high-impact advising professionals facilitating students' access and transition to higher education.


***2018 Scholar Program application and nomination forms are now OPEN!***

2018 Scholar Program Application



The 2016 Scholars at last year's International ACAC Conference.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 four years, the International ACAC Scholar Program has supported 40 scholars from 32 different countries.

Scholarship recipients are funded to attend the annual International ACAC Pre-Conference Institute and Conference, as well as a higher education counselor bus tour following the conference. In addition, the Scholar Mentor Program 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 2017 Scholars. 



2018 Scholar Program applications are now OPEN.
Click here to apply!


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.


2018 Scholar Program nominations are now CLOSED. Thank you to all who nominated!
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. 


Those selected for an International ACAC Scholarship must be willing to:
  • Apply for and attain a visa by March 2017 to travel to the USA in July
  • Present or serve as a panelist in an educational session at the 2017 summer conference
  • Be willing to share or write about their experience for future International ACAC newsletters
  • Reach out to future possible International ACAC scholarship candidates in their region

Selection to be an International ACAC Scholar is based on the following criteria:

  • The leadership, demonstrated commitment, and potential impact of a counselor within a school and his/her local community
  • The academic talent and financial need of students within a student body
  • The resources available to a counselor and a school within a particular community═ż as well as
  • The needs of various countries and regions

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.

The selection panel is comprised of members of the Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee, and includes representation from admissions officers, counselors, board members, and EducationUSA.


For information on how you can contribute to the International ACAC Scholar Program, please click here