Notice of Funding Opportunity: U.S. College Preparatory Course 2022

NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

AWARDING AGENCY:                          Public Affairs section, U.S. Embassy Kigali

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY TITLE:       U.S. College Preparatory Course 2022

ANNOUNCEMENT TYPE:                     Grant

DATE OPENED:                                      April 01, 2021

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:       May 31, 2021

AWARD CEILING:                                  U.S. $13,000

AWARD FLOOR                                      U.S. 8,000

SUBMISSIONS:                                       Applications must be submitted to KigaliPublicAffairs@state.gov

Pre-Application Information Session: May 14, 2021

Application Submission Deadline: May 31, 2021 (12:00 PM Central Africa Time)

Background

There are many talented, low- and middle-income students in Rwanda who only required financial resources and access to information to better their educational future. For the 7th year, the United States Embassy Kigali, Rwanda will fund a university preparatory course for academically qualified and highly motivated students in Rwanda. The college preparatory program will assist low and middle income students who are good candidates for financial assistance from U.S. colleges and universities but lack the financial resources to cover upfront cost of obtaining admission.  The EducationUSA Advising Center at U.S. Embassy Kigali works with the students through regularly scheduled meetings and seminars to assist them throughout the application process to secure admission and scholarships to attend colleges and universities in the United States. The college preparatory course includes programs that support preparation for the SAT, TOEFL, and essay writing skills, key components of college access and a robust measure of college readiness among Rwandan high school students.

Purpose of the Project

This university preparatory course will prepare 30 EducationUSA scholars for the US university admissions process. These students are selected by the US Embassy Kigali Public Affairs Section from top performing high school students who are likely to be awarded full financial aid from US universities. The course will include preparation for TOEFL and SAT testing, application completion, essay writing, personal statement writing, interviews, and general university preparation. The course is combination of online assignments and in-person activities scheduled between December, 2021 and October 2022 the timeline of the program is provided under the “Timeline” section below). The EducationUSA Office –Kigali invites all qualified individuals and organizations to submit proposals by May 31st, 2021 by 12:00 PM, Central Africa Time.

Funding

The available funding for the college preparatory course is $13,000 for planning, space rental, boot camps, material purchase, and staff honorarium. The grantee may use some of college preparation materials available at U.S. Embassy Kigali, including SAT, and TEOFL books and Chromebook computers for the students. Part of the grant money may be used to purchase internet data for students for virtual classes. Interested applicants may request a list of SAT and TOEFL prep materials available at the EducationUSA Kigali.

Application Due Date

All applications are due to the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Kigali, by May 31, 2021, no later than 12 p.m. Central Africa Time (CAT). Applications must be submitted electronically to KigaliPublicAffairs@state.gov .  No paper applications will be accepted. Late applications will not be considered.

For details, please find a complete Notice of Funding Opportunity.