Support the OACAC Scholar Program

Each year OACAC selects high-impact, under-resourced counselors to receive funding to attend the OACAC Summer Conference as an OACAC Scholar. These counselors are nominated by their peers and are provided funding to cover their travel, registration, and accommodation at the conference.  These are counselors who would not have been able to attend a professional OACAC on their own; often it is their first introduction to the OACAC community. 

Please consider nominating your colleague to be a 2015 OACAC Scholar. Perhaps you are in a high school yourself, and know of another school in your community whose staff could really use the support.  Perhaps you are at a university and work closely with a counselor who you know is under resourced, and would benefit from the experience of attending OACAC.  Either way, counselors who are selected speak of a life changing experience - and that life changing moment starts with your nomination. Nominate a deserving counselor today. 

If you are interested in learning how to support the OACAC Scholarship Program, contact [email protected]

I will be forever grateful with the OACAC scholarship committee and especially with my nominator from Michigan State University, who so kindly nominated me. Thank you all. 
Karla Sagastume, Macris School, Honduras, 2014 OACAC Scholar


Moses Illunga from Agahozo-Shalom Village in Rwanda, meeting his nominator, Eugene Gabay from Lafayette University. 

Karla Sagustume, Macris School, Honduras and Katie Neal, Colegio Bennett, Colombia reading case studies in Financial Aid Institute. 

Flavia Murengezi, Green Hills Academy, Rwanda at OACAC 

Vijay Raj Tandukar, OACAC scholarship recipient. In November 2014, he was selected for the Foreign Service of Nepal. Several years ago, he was a full financial aid student at Grinnell College. His "college counselor" was a computer and some brochures. He has spent the past few years building college counseling offices in Katmandu.  

Mercy's students at Federal Government Academy. Mercy Nwogbo – Federal Government Academy in Nigeria  

Columba Thadey, Loyola High School, Tanzania

Robyn Combes, SPH Schools, Indonesia


Solomon Kayiwa, who runs Educate!, an NGO in Uganda, which reaches over 250 schools


Angela Agbasi's story is very special. She was a runner-up for the scholarship, and there was no funding left. The PD committee brainstormed what could be done.  It was Peter Hauet, former OACAC president, who noticed that Angela was from a Loyola Jesuit HS. He then reached out to Monica Esser at Fordham University, who then reached out to the Jesuit higher education community, who then decided they would do something to make Angela's attendance possible. Eleven Jesuit schools came together to fund Angela's attendance at the OACAC 2014 Conference. This moment stands as a true "OACAC moment", where several members gathered together to support a counselor whose high school receives, on average, less than 5 visits per year from university representatives. At OACAC, Angela was able to meet and connect with over 100 representatives in three days, at the Tampa Conference


Solomon Kayiwa (Uganda), Moses Illunga (Rwanda), Robyn Combes (Indonesia), Flavia Murengezi (Rwanda), Columba Thadey (Tanzania), Vijay Raj Tandukar (Nepal), Angela Agbasi -  getting ready to depart for the bus tour after OACAC. 

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