The SHE-CAN Scholar Application is Opening Soon!

SHE-CAN Scholar Program At A Glance

Apply to Be A Scholar

We are looking for young Cambodian and Rwandan female leaders interested in applying for US scholarships to join our program for 2017. Below is an overview of our program and how to apply.

screenWhat We Do

We assist young women who are passionate about attending a US college or university but need guidance in how to apply. Those selected to be in the program will attend an immersive Internet courses from January 2017 through June 2017 to prepare them for two college entrance exams: the ACT (American College Testing) and the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Those who perform well are matched with 4-6 women in the United States to “help” or “mentor” them throughout the process of applying for scholarships at UScolleges and universities in the summer. Over the internet and phone, your mentors will actively assist you with the various tasks required, such as deciding which schools to apply to, reviewing the application and student essay, making phone calls to the school to introduce you, etc. The applicant and the mentors are in constant contact over the Internet.

What We Dont Do

SHE-CAN does not award scholarships, and being accepted into SHE-CAN does not mean you have been awarded a scholarship. You must first score well on the ACT and TOEFL exams, and if you do, we will assist you in applying for scholarships at US universities, which will increase your chances of winning a scholarship. Applying and winning a scholarship is completely the candidate’s responsibility, but the mentors are available to help youunderstand the process and overcome administrative barriers that often limit the chances of women outside the US.

Costs To You

US schools decide on a case-by-case basis what costs the scholarship will cover and what they will not cover. Therefore, if you are fortunate enough to be awarded a US scholarship, there may be financial responsibilities that you would need to raise your own money to cover. These could include the deposit to hold your place if accepted, a loan as part of the tuition, some living expenses, clothes, etc. However, it is difficult to know at this stage what those costs may be, and you should not let those costs prevent you from applying.

To be in our program you will need constant, very strong internet access (which could be access at school or an internet café, if you do not have access in your home). If you don’t have or can’t afford to be on the internet everyday, it would hold you back and you should not apply.

Also, we will need you to work very hard between the months of January 2017 and June 2017. You cannot have a full time job, and ideally not even a part time job during that time period in order to complete this program. If you must work full time between January and June, you should not apply.

US University Application Process and Timing

If you are accepted into SHE-CAN, you will spend the months of January 2017 through June 2017 working on-line on ACT and TOEFL preparation courses and completing a volunteer project that you initiate (to be explained once accepted). Between June 2017 and October 2017, you will be begin working on your university applications. Therefore, once the ACT and TOEFL courses are complete, you will be busy researching schools, writing your student essays, completing the school and financial aid applications, gathering recommendations, transcripts, bank records, etc.  The work is intense and to do it well we ask that you not work or attend other schools.

SHE-CAN Application Process and Timing

To apply to SHE-CAN, you must fill out the SHE-CAN Application (for Cambodia or forRwanda) and send us your transcripts, national exam scores if available and a photo. The application and transcripts will take you some time to gather and complete. We will be accepting candidates on a rolling basis, and the sooner you apply, the better. We will accept applications through the end of October in Rwanda and through the end of December in Cambodia.

Required Application Documents

If you are interested, please fill out the online SHE-CAN Application (for Cambodia or forRwanda) and upload your documents on the site.

1.    Academic Records: A scanned copy of your last two years of school grades or transcripts, and if you have taken your National Exam Scores, please send those scores as well.

2.    A photo of you. Please send a photo of you with your family or friends having fun, smiling, or doing something you love.

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Priority will be given to applications that have attached all required records.  If you do not have your National Exam Scores, please send them as soon as you get them.  If the transcripts are not included, we will disregard your application. It is your responsibility to include them with the application; given the number of applications we cannot ask you for missing documents. Therefore, all incomplete applications will not be considered.

We hope you’re interested in applying and look forward to reviewing your application.


If you are selected as a finalist, you will be invited to a series of interviews to take place in November for Rwandan candidates and in January for Cambodian candidates.