Bridge2Rwanda (B2R) was formed in 2007 to create educational and economic opportunities to assist in the long-term development of Rwanda. The main focus of the organization is the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program, where Rwanda’s top students are immersed in a comprehensive one-year course equipping them with the skills to apply for international scholarships around the world. Not only do B2R want their scholars to succeed as international students, but also to live with purpose as representatives and future leaders of Rwanda. Many go on to study for degrees at US universities, and the goal is for them to return to Rwanda to provide future leadership for the country. Bridge2Rwanda also conduct outreach work with local schools, educating them about the US university system and the application process.
A total of 1,200 high school applicants from Rwanda’s local top performing high schools applied to the 2013 B2R scholarship scheme. The selection criteria included principles such as excellent academic achievement and exceptional leadership skills, amongst others. Of the total applicants, 30 successful students were chosen to take part in the year-long scholarship program, many of whom will have directly suffered the impact and effects of the Rwandan genocide.
In June 2013, after a rigorous application and interview process, one of Kaplan Test Prep International’s own London SAT teachers travelled to Kigali to provide a week-long intensive SAT course. The impact was clear: the students’ SAT scores improved two hundred and thirty-seven points from the initial to the final SAT practice test. KTPi also completed a successful teacher information day where information about the SAT and US application process was shared with ten international teachers, equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to communicate this information to other students and teachers. KTPi is proud to have volunteered in the Bridge2Rwanda program with a marked and highly positive impact to the students.