Dear Potential Cambodian SHE-CAN/Open A Door Candidates:
We are looking for young Cambodian women interested in applying for U.S. college and university scholarships to join our program for 2016. Below is an overview of our program and how to apply.
What We Do
We assist young women who are passionate about attending a U.S. college or university but need guidance in how to apply. Those selected to be in the program will attend an immersive Internet course from February 2016 through June 2016 to prepare
them for two college entrance exams: the ACT (American College Testing) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Those who perform well are matched with 5-6 women in the United States to “help” or “mentor” them in the process of applying for scholarships at U.S. colleges and universities in the spring. 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 the candidate, etc. The applicant and the mentors
are in constant contact over the Internet.
What We Don’t Do
SHE-CAN/Open A Door does not award scholarships and being accepted into SHECAN/Open A Door does not mean you have been awarded a scholarship. You must first score well on the SAT and TOEFL exams, and if you do, we will assist you in applying for scholarships at U.S. universities which will increase the chances of winning a scholarship. Applying and winning a scholarship is completely the candidate’s responsibility, but the mentors are available to help you in understanding the process and overcoming administrative barriers that often limit the chances of women outside the U.S.
Costs to You
U.S. 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 U.S. 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 accessed 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, this would hold you back and you should not apply.
Also, we will need you to work very hard between the months of February 2016 and June 2016. 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 well. If you must work full time between February and June, you should not apply.
Who We’re Looking For
We’re looking for women who:
• Are between 18-23
• Will have completed secondary school before January 2016.
• Live within 1 hour of Phnom Penh
• Are from a disadvantaged or low-income household
• Are passionate about attending a U.S. college or university.
• Speak and write English very well:
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