The RSC Scholarship Foundation
At the RSC Scholarship Foundation, we bridge the gap between potential & opportunity for Africa’s future leaders by providing access to a university education in a free & open society. We do this work because access to a quality university education in Africa is extremely constrained – especially considering the number of highly qualified secondary school students. From his book Africa Rising, author Vijay Mahajan says:
In addition to preschool, elementary, and secondary education, demand is growing for universities. …the University of Cairo has 350,000 students – a small city. Some beginning classes there have as many as 7,000 students, and it is not uncommon to have several students with identical names. There are not classes but conventions. Still, there are not enough schools to meet demand.
There are *five* African universities on Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s 2007 list of the top 500 universities in the world. … There are fewer than 80 business schools throughout Africa, and only the University of Cape Town in South Africa shows up on the 2008 Financial Times list of top 100 global MBA programs (number 71).
…Even with the launch of new universities and business schools, many high school students who are qualified for university cannot attend because there are not enough openings at public universities.
The Reeder-Sanders-Ciccarello Foundation builds bridges for highly qualified students from Africa to get an outstanding university education in the USA. We build bridges between challenge and opportunity. Between opportunity and success. And, between Africa and the USA.
The University of Texas at Austin and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater are the institutions that the RSC Foundation has built strong links with, in order to provide world-class educational opportunities to students from Africa. The first recipient of a RSC Foundation scholarship was John Kidenda, an Engineering Route to Business student from Nairobi who graduated with honors from the Engineering Route to Business program at McCombs School of Business at UT.
Because of the assistance provided by the RSC Foundation, John not only graduated from UT Austin, but he will play a major role in enabling others from Africa to follow in his footsteps through our Pay-It-Forward model. He has had an illustrious college career, participating in organizations like the UT Student Government, The Roden Scholars, and the Texas Blazers while maintaining high grades that have earned him three internships at a major Wall Street firm. Let him tell you why you should contribute, and click the blog link on the right for updates.