27
September

Foundation for Afghanistan 2013 Undergraduate Scholarships

The Foundation for Afghanistan is now accepting applications for our college scholarship program under which qualified Afghan students will receive full scholarships in the United States to study for their bachelor’s degree.

All demonstrated needs of admitted students will be met by assistance from our partner institutions or from Foundation for Afghanistan. Full scholarships will be provided for four years or, in some cases, the duration of students’ undergraduate education.

Who can apply
All college-eligible Afghan students, especially females, are encouraged to apply. We are especially looking for students with financial need who also demonstrate a determination to make a meaningful contribution to Afghanistan upon completion of their education. Through this scholarship program, the Foundation hopes to contribute towards improving human capacity and facilitating the development of Afghanistan.

What costs are covered
The Foundation for Afghanistan and its partner colleges will cover all fees, health insurance, meals and housing for the duration of study. Once in college, students are expected to work 10-15 hours a week to cover their personal expenses and books. Students are responsible for buying their own laptop and airfare to and from Afghanistan.

Frequently Asked Questions — PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY

  • What is the passing TOEFL score?  There is no “passing score” or “minimum score to be accepted.” Everyone is encouraged to apply.
  • I applied last year. Can I apply again? Yes. In your application, we’d like to hear how you have bettered yourself since last year.
  • I don’t have my TOEFL/IELTS score. Can I apply? Applications without international TOEFL or IELTS or SAT scores are not be eligible. Diplomas from Afghan English courses are not substitutes for international TOEFL/IELTS/SAT scores. Students who have studied in “English-medium” schools in Afghanistan or its neighborhood are still required to submit their TOEFL/IELTS results.
  • I live in Iran/Pakistan/United States. Can I apply? Only Afghan students who live in Afghanistan and Afghan refugees in neighboring countries may apply.
  • I am a transfer student. Can I apply? In limited circumstances, we may be able to accept transfer students. Please indicate in your application email that you are a transfer applicant.
  • I am in 11th grade. Can I apply? You need to have all your results for 10th, 11th and 12th class; otherwise, you’re ineligible.
  • I want to study for my master’s or PhD. Can I apply? The Foundation does not offer scholarships for master’s or PhD at this time.
  • How do you select students? We use a combination of factors to select the most qualified students. International TOEFL/SAT/IELTS scores and good high school grades are important; community involvement, volunteer experience or previous work are also important. In particular, we are looking for students who demonstrate a commitment to Afghanistan and academic excellence.
  • If selected, when can I start college? Students selected for this scholarship will start their studies in the US in 2013 and will continue until graduation in 2017.
  • What fields of study are allowed? You may choose to study in any field you’re interested.

 

DEADLINE AND APPLICATION PROCESS
Each applicant must submit the following:

  • Foundation for Afghanistan Scholarship Application Form and the accompanying 500-word essay (Essay can’t be longer than 500 words)
  • A copy of their high school document(s) showing grades for classes 10th, 11th and 12th
  • A copy of their official international TOEFL score. IELTS is also acceptable; SAT is strongly encouraged. There is no “passing score” — the higher the score, the better your chances of getting a scholarship.

Submit the required material to applications@foundationforafghanistan.org no later than November 15, 2012.


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If you have questions or need more information, please email info@foundationforafghanistan.org.

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15
August

Afghan students finish orientation in Washington, DC ahead of college

Foundation for Afghanistan's orientation program in Washington, DCBy Jenny Suzdak

This August the Foundation for Afghanistan hosted an orientation program for six Afghan student-scholars who will begin their freshman year at US colleges this September. The group consisted of four female and two male student-scholars who are from four different provinces in Afghanistan. The purpose of the orientation program was to introduce the student-scholars to American culture and college life and to make new connections and strengthen existing relationships that will help them in their four years of college and beyond. See pictures of the orientation on our Facebook page.

They were selected for full four-year undergraduate scholarships after a rigorous application process that emphasizes merit. The Foundation aims to build human capacity in Afghanistan and expects its student-scholars to return to Afghanistan immediately after completing their studies to contribute to the development of their country.

The orientation was slated to begin on Friday August 3, but when the Foundation staff met the student-scholars at the airport only one was there (and she didn’t even have her luggage)! After 1 missed flight, 2 delays and 1 cancelation, all of the student-scholars arrived safely in Washington, DC a full day later than anticipated. Despite the less than ideal start, all of the student-scholars were awake and focused the next morning at 8am for their first ESL class. The student-scholars received daily ESL and Math instruction throughout the orientation to prepare them for the academic reality of college. Many ofour student-scholars were ESL teachers in Afghanistan so it was a change to once again be a student!

Several of our student-scholars are Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program alums and studied in the US for one year during high school. One of the student-scholar’s host families lived in Maryland and hosted us for dinner. The students were able to connect with other YES program alums and hear where (both geographically and academically) their studies have taken them. They reflected on their past experiences and where their future might lead them.

None of our student-scholars will be living with host families in college; instead, they will be experiencing college life like most American students: in college dorms. During the orientation the student-scholars learned to live like most American college students: on a limited budget. They ate both ramen noodles ($1 per package) and home-made PB&J sandwiches and the male students even exercised their culinary skills! Although a little spicy, the lobia (a bean dish) was nevertheless delicious and could easily become a dorm favorite.

As part of their cultural immersion, the student-scholars enjoyed an upbeat performance of Curaco and Afro-Caribbean music by the band Kuenta i Tambu at the Kennedy Center; they also attended a jazz performance at the Nation Gallery of Art. The Foundation hopes these experiences showed our student-scholars that living frugally doesn’t mean living a life less full!

Our student-scholars discussed college life with members of the George Washington Afghan Student Association. The members also brainstormed with our student-scholars about how to create an organization of their own. Although there are a few Afghan students studying at the universities that our student-scholars will be attending, none of the universities have an organized student group specifically for Afghan students. With five of our six student-scholars in Kentucky they have an opportunity to not only support with each other, but also to share their heritage and educate their college communities about Afghanistan.

While in DC, our student-scholars had many opportunities to network with many other Afghan nationals as well as people interested in Afghanistan. Nora Cameroon and Susan Crudgington, board members of the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women (IEAW), hosted a dinner. Our student-scholars listened to the experience of two Afghan students sponsored by IEAW who are rising seniors and learned the phrase “all-nighter.”

Former Ambassador Jawad, the founder and president of the Foundation, also hosted a dinner for the students-scholars. In addition to leading a stimulating conversation about the current political and security situation in Afghanistan, the Ambassador lectured the student-scholars on how to eat healthy a college. His tip? Don’t eat too many carbs! At the end of last week the student-scholars toured the Afghan embassy and met Ambassador Hakimi, who asked them about their academic goals and career aspirations. One of the student-scholars, who runs  a nonprofit to financially empower Afghan women through embroidery, sought valuable advice about expanding her organization’s market share.

While embracing their Afghan identity, our student-scholars progressed in their understanding of American history and culture. They toured the US Capitol building and also visited Fort-McHenry in Baltimore where the National Anthem was written. While in Baltimore the student-scholars were treated to corn on the cob at an American family’s home and they discovered that while the dish may look like jawari, it is certainly American (and very sweet)!

After a full orientation our students began making the journey to their respective colleges this weekend. Although roughly 12 hours to their destination, the bus ride shouldn’t be as haphazard as those in Afghanistan (or so I’m told). Best of luck!

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14
November

Deadline extended: scholarships in the U.S for Afghan students

Deadline extended

Although we continue to receive applications for our scholarship program, we have decided to extend our deadline from November 15 to December 15, 2011. A significant number of our applicants need more time to prepare the application, particularly the TOEFL/IELTS component of it.

If you have already taken the test and are awaiting your results, please go ahead and submit everything else now and send in your TOEFL scores when you receive them. For the quickest processing, please have ETS send your TOEFL scores directly to us at the following address:

Foundation for Afghanistan
1212 New York Ave., NW, Suite 825
Washington, DC 20005

Also, please read the following information carefully as it contains answers to most of the frequently asked questions:

  • Please note that if you are registered to take the TOEFL or IELTS in January, you may have to apply for next year’s scholarships. There will be no further extension of our deadline for this year.
  • If you have already submitted all of your application materials, you should have received an email confirmation. We will contact you within a week after December 15 if you are shortlisted.
  • We cannot, under any circumstances, waive the TOEFL/IELTS/SAT requirement, even if you have certificates about your English language skills. We only require international TOEFL, not institutional scores.
If you still have questions, please email us at info@foundationforafghanistan.org.
Best of luck!

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23
September

Accepting applications: college scholarships in the US for Afghan students

The Foundation for Afghanistan is now accepting applications for our college scholarship program under which qualified Afghan students will receive full scholarships in the United States. This scholarship program has been made possible by the generosity of our institutional partners such as Berea College.

All demonstrated needs of admitted students will be met by assistance from our partner institutions or from Foundation for Afghanistan. Full scholarships will be provided for four years or, in some cases, the duration of students’ undergraduate education.

Who can apply

All college-eligible Afghan students, especially females, are encouraged to apply. We are especially looking for students with financial need who also demonstrate a determination to make a meaningful contribution to Afghanistan upon completion of their education. Through this scholarship program, the Foundation hopes to contribute toward improving human capacity in Afghanistan.

Each applicant must submit the following:

How to apply
Submit the required material to applications@foundationforafghanistan.org no later than November 15, 2011.    UPDATE: Deadline has been extended. Please see here.

 

Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of the submission deadline. The Foundation will then recommend the finalists to our partner institutions and help the finalists in applying for admission.

 

For more information
If you have questions or need more information, please email us at info@foundationforafghanistan.org.

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8
September

Announcing our partnership with Berea College

The Foundation for Afghanistan and Berea College, a four-year liberal arts institution in Kentucky, concluded a memorandum of understanding for scholarships to Afghan students.

Under the partnership, Berea College will award up to two full scholarships each year to deserving Afghan students, who will receive a generous financial aid package consisting of room, board and fees.

Berea College

Berea College

The Foundation will identify and recommend qualified Afghan students who demonstrate a high likelihood of academic success and the determination to make meaningful contributions to Afghanistan upon completion of study in the United States.

“Berea College is pleased to enter into this partnership with the Foundation in an effort to identify qualified Afghan students whose family financial resources will make it impossible for them to afford the pursuit of an undergraduate degree in the United States,” said Dr. Larry Shinn, president of Berea College.

“It is our sincere desire to serve students who are committed to using their education for the benefit of their native people,” he added.

Established in 1855, Berea College is the first interracial an coeducational college in Southern United States. It does not charge tuition and only admits students who have academic promise but limited financial resources. Primarily serving the Appalachian region, Berea also admits students from across the United States and the world.

The first scholarship recipients under this partnership will start their college careers in the fall of 2012.

Through partnerships like this, the Foundation for Afghanistan is committed to helping Afghan students realize their human potential. We believe that developing the skills and capabilities of the Afghan people is the wisest long-term investment toward rebuilding and progress.

The Foundation is working to develop similar agreements and welcomes cooperation from like-minded organizations. If you or your organization is interested in exploring partnerships, please contact Ahmad Shuja at info@foundationforafghanistan.org.

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