The students, drawn from the country’s 10 provinces, were praised by Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, for earning places at top American
universities and colleges.
The US Student Achievers Program (USAP) is run by the Embassy’s Public Affair Section in Harare.
Among the 2011 USAP group, three students are physically disabled, several are the heads of their households having lost both parents,
and others are the offspring of street and market vendors.
One scholarship recipient worked as a gold panner to pay his A’ level fees and another will be the first Zimbabwean student in a wheelchair
to study in the United States.
“Today we celebrate the potential of education to change our nations’ futures. This is a ceremony to mark the meeting of merit and
opportunity, as well as the power of investing in the capacity of our youth for the future of society,” said Charles Ray, US Ambassador to
“And while we do this, it is also an opportunity to note the impact of positive cooperation between our two nations, Zimbabwe and the United
States of America. Education is crucial to the success of both countries. As we share education resources for the benefit of our
young citizens, we both grow stronger.”
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was guest of honor at the event and hailed the USAP initiative while encouraging students to exhibit the
true Zimbabwean spirit of hospitality and hard work.
“You must know that as your Prime Minister, I attended a humble primary school in rural Buhera and I did not have the great
opportunity afforded to you today. So go and be good students, respect your hosts and work hard. Exhibit the true Zimbabwean spirit, that of
hospitality and hard-work. Be vigilant,” said the Prime Minister.
In his congratulatory message, the Education, Sports, Arts and Culture Minister, David Coltart, welcomed U.S. support to education in
“This year’s scholarship awards will enable more students to pursue their goals and career paths through higher education, something they
might not otherwise have been able to do. Indeed, this generous support is particularly welcome at a time when families are facing
increased financial pressures,” wrote the minister.
The US Student Achievers Programme (USAP) is a one-year intensive counseling program that assists academically talented but economically
disadvantaged A’ level students to obtain full scholarships to top US colleges and universities.
The programme helps the students research the best academic programs for their talents, prepare for standardized American university
entrance exams, and write application essays.
The US Student Achiever Program (USAP), established in 1999 in Zimbabwe, has been replicated by 15 other US Embassies around the
world, including Embassies in Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Latvia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mongolia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda,
Since it began in Harare, over 200 Zimbabwean students have won full scholarships covering tuition and fees, room and board, books and
other expenses for four year bachelor degree studies in the U.S.