APPLICATIONS are now available for talented South African learners and students from low-income backgrounds interested in studying in the United States are encouraged to apply for the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program (OFP).
OFP supports learners and students to apply for scholarships and admission to colleges and universities in the United States.
Over the last eight years, the dedicated EducationUSA team has helped more than 2, 200 exceptional South African students make their dream of studying in the United States come true.
Learners and students with a strong academic record, robust participation in extracurricular activities, involvement in leadership roles, and an excellent community service record are encouraged to apply to the program.
OFP finances the cost of the application process, including registration fees for the required standardized examinations.
This free of charge EducationUSA Program includes seminars and meetings that prepare South African citizens or permanent residents to apply for and pursue undergraduate or graduate studies in America.
“My journey was far from linear, it took twists and turns but it ultimately led me to a place where I am living out my dreams,” said Luka Radosavljevic, a South African student currently studying materials science and engineering at Cornell University.
“In 2016, I was working with EducationUSA on my applications to universities in the U.S. My immense financial need only made my chances slimmer but one of the EducationUSA advisers connected me with community colleges and I eventually received a full tuition scholarship,” he said.
Through hard work at community college and perseverance, Luka managed to transfer to Cornell and is on track to complete his studies.
The OFP undergraduate program is open to current matriculants and gap year students only. Students who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in the United States are requested to complete the graduate application form.
Successful applicants will work with a team of EducationUSA advisers from April 2021 to August 2022 to try to secure places and financial assistance to begin study in the U.S. in August 2022.
Applications close on March 14, 2021.
(SOURCE: INSIDE EDUCATION)