Cote d'Ivoire Rising-STEM Scholarship for Females

by IUGB Foundation, Inc.
Cote d'Ivoire Rising-STEM Scholarship for Females
Cote d'Ivoire Rising-STEM Scholarship for Females
Cote d'Ivoire Rising-STEM Scholarship for Females
Cote d'Ivoire Rising-STEM Scholarship for Females
Cote d'Ivoire Rising-STEM Scholarship for Females
Cote d'Ivoire Rising-STEM Scholarship for Females
Cote d'Ivoire Rising-STEM Scholarship for Females
Cote d'Ivoire Rising-STEM Scholarship for Females
Cote d'Ivoire Rising-STEM Scholarship for Females
Cote d'Ivoire Rising-STEM Scholarship for Females
Cote d'Ivoire Rising-STEM Scholarship for Females
Cote d'Ivoire Rising-STEM Scholarship for Females
Cote d'Ivoire Rising-STEM Scholarship for Females
Cote d'Ivoire Rising-STEM Scholarship for Females

On September 15, 2021, we are holding the IUGB Foundation Virtual Gala to support under-resourced and deserving students to attend IUGB.

We are honoring three women and one of them is a female scientist and a former President. She will be receiving the IUGB Foundation 2021 Education + Prosperity Award in STEM.

We hope to inspire more Ivorian girls to seriously think about STEM as a career and as a pathway to change and prosperity.

We need more women leaders and scientists.

We are committed to sharing the journeys of women and girls and activating their passion for innovation and breaking down barriers.

For more information about the event, please visit our website

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Here is a thank you note from a recent IUGB graduate. Every day, IUGB is making an impact in each student's present and future endeavors. We are grateful you have joined us in this work.

I am so grateful for the last four years I have spent at IUGB (International University of Grand-Bassam).

4 years of hard work.
4 years of learning.
4 years of achievement.
4 years of self-development.

All the efforts, hard work, persistence, teamwork, leadership, time management, school club activities allowed me to be a better version of myself.

I graduated from IUGB Summa cum laude on December 19, 2020.

I would like to thank all the people who helped me to get my degree particularly my family and friends.

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It is the beginning of the school in Cote d'Ivoire and in these unprecedented we decided to do a Q&A with an incoming freshman at International University of Grand Bassam (IUGB). Schools and students have to be resilient during this difficult period. Here is what she had to say.

Why did you choose IUGB?
I chose IUGB because the education system is flexible and making students accountable for their success.  I think that IUGB is able to give me what I need.

Online teaching and learning vs in-person teaching and learning vs hybrid? Which do you prefer and why?
I prefer in-person teaching and learning because it makes me understand more and the interactions between the teacher and I are real. Moreover, I like being close with people, it helps me to feel at ease and there are relationships that are created.

How has your life changed during Covid 19?
The only impact that Covid 19 had had on my life is the fact that I was no more able to go to school, see my friends, and to go to church services. However, Covid has also helped me to reinforce my relationship with my parents and my sisters.

 Tell us one thing that you like about yourself.
One thing that I like about myself is that I never give up in any situation no matter how hard and frustrating the situation or life can be to me.

What job do you wish to have after you graduate in four years?
If I have my bachelor in four years I wish to be a political journalist.

Do you plan to participate in extracurricular activities? Which ones?
I would like to be a member of the debate club, the dance club, and the environment club. I would also like to be a member of the student ambassador club to help new students integrate into the school and to represent my school wherever I go.

 If you could solve one problem in the world, what would it be?
If I could solve one problem in the world it would be hunger. Every time I see on the news people in the world, children, and babies, dying of hunger, I am heartbroken.  When I work hard every day in school, it is not only for me or my family, but it is also for those people, children, and babies, dying of hunger. I work hard so that I can take care of them all and feel at least useful to humanity.

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Albert Einstein is one of the most famous scientists in the world. 65 year after his death, he still inspires. One thing that few people know about Einstein is his roots in social justice. In 1946, he visited Lincoln University, a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) located in Chester County, Pennsylvania founded in 1854. The school has alumni like Langston Hughes,Thurgood Marshall and Cab Calloway, and was the first university that allowed African Americans to earn their degrees.

After accepting an honorary degree from Lincoln University, he said the following:

"There is … a somber point in the social outlook of Americans … Their sense of equality and human dignity is mainly limited to men of white skins. Even among these there are prejudices of which I as a Jew am dearly conscious; but they are unimportant in comparison with the attitude of ‘Whites’ toward their fellow-citizens of darker complexion, particularly toward Negroes. … The more I feel an American, the more this situation pains me. I can escape the feeling of complicity in it only by speaking out.”


Einstein discovered the theory of relativity and created one of the most famous equations. He won a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. The Next Einstein Forum is a forum of African scientists and innovators and it had its inaugural gathering in 2018. They believe the next Einstein will be African. They state that: we are working to make Africa a global hub for science and technology.


How will this happen? By providing female scientists the best education possible, the professional opportunities to excel and the mentoring and support system to stay motivated and excellent. IUGB is the beginning of that journey. Students at IUGB can earn bachelor degrees in STEM and go on to seek further education. 


More than ever, we need your support. Education is the bedrock of an equitable society. Please give what you can. Ask others to follow your example. Thank you for your support. 

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Dearest Friends,

We’re so grateful that you, our supporters have enabled us to reach $6,295.00 in funding towards a full scholarship for a rural female student at the International University of Grand-Bassam in Côte d’Ivoire.  We still need to raise another $10,105 to reach our goal of $16,400.  We can’t reach our financial goal without you.

We are proud that you understand the critical importance of this type of education is for under-resourced female students and their families in rural areas.  If they are lucky, they graduate high school and only through a full scholarship will they be able to attend IUGB and receive the education they need to break the cycle of poverty.

You also understand STEM professions are not the norm for these women, and the critical need for role models in universities and corporations, so that these choices become the norm.  This presence of this social conditioning matters as much as the education itself.  Women struggle, even as STEM graduates, to transition from the educational world to the world of work. 

At IUGB Foundation, we believe that universities and corporations should work hand in hand; respectively to produce a skilled workforce and to efficiently provide opportunities that maximize 21st century skills to build the economy.  As an example, the IUGB Foundation recently initiated and facilitated a partnership with Mondelez International Cocoa Life.  Mondelez has partnered with IUGB for our students and alumni to work on urban and rural projects with this global brand in Abidjan. Cocoa is one of Côte d’Ivoire’s main exports and an important source of economic development.

Students and graduates alike can apply for internship positions to increase their skills in research, public policy, data science, IT, M&E and community development.  Part of Cocoa Life’s mission is to empower the men, women, and youth within cocoa communities to lead their own development and improve their livelihoods through entrepreneurship.

Through this partnership benefits all students, it is of particular value to our female STEM scholars to act as peers for the youngest of their community members.  That is why IUGB Foundation constantly seeks such corporate-university partnerships.  Thank you for your support, and we look forward to reporting out on more promising partnerships in the coming months!

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