Oct 25, 2019

USAP Community School Applications Are In!

Sorting through incoming applications
Sorting through incoming applications

The applications for our inaugural class at the USAP Community School are in!  Coming in from all 10 Provinces of Zimbabwe, from top Form 4 students in rural, government, high-density, refugee camp and mission schools from all corners, they arrived to drop off points in Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare, and Harare and through priests and parishes, from school trucks and by scanned by Whats app and email.

A team of recent USAP alum have sorted and databased the over 400 applications for the 45 spaces in our school and now the selection process begins.  A selection committee drawn from USAP alum from over the years and Education Matters staff will read through the applications, which include essays, short answer questions, academic results and letters of recommendation.  We will choose about 100 finalists which will go into the pool for in-person interviews.

We are incredibly excited to select our pioneer class!  Thank you again for your support that makes this transformative school, hope when set against the background of the current crisis in Zimbabwe, possible.

Sep 19, 2019

USAP Community School Applications are Open!

We are excited to announce that as January 2020 approaches, the USAP Community School applications are now open!  Applications are due on October 21, after which we will begin the intensive review process.  We will then travel the country to interview finalists until we have selected our first cohort by the end of November.  

If you know of talented economically-disadvantaged students who are currently in Form Four, please encourage them to apply using this link.   We are recruiting students from all over Zimbabwe who are writing their O levels this year and who meet all four of the USAP criteria:

  • academic excellence
  • ethos of giving
  • demonstrated leadership potential
  • economic disadvantage

We have added the link to the application in case you want to check it out.

Thank you for your continued support in helping us to raise the funds to build the USAP Community School!


Aug 27, 2019

USAP in the New York Times!

USAP in the New York Times
USAP in the New York Times

We are very excited that New York Times columnist Frank Bruni featured USAP in an article in this past Sunday's paper.  If you have not yet seen it and are ready to be inspired, take a read here:


As a result of this article and its wide reach, we have been receiving an uptick in donations from many corners.


As always, we are grateful for your continued support as we build the USAP Community School.  We are pushing on toward our January 1 start date.  The matching pledge we received of $500,000 is still active so all donations are being matched 100% - we have raised just over $93,000 toward that match at the time of this report.


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