United States Achievers Program
The United States Achievers program (USAP) is a one year program that is carried out every year. The USAP seeks to assist Malawian students in all phases of applying to competitive colleges in the United States at the undergraduate level. The objective of the program is to identify talented Malawian secondary school students and then equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully apply to competitive colleges.
Our USAP students represent the best and brightest students from their respective secondary schools here in Malawi. They all aspire to broaden their horizons and share ideas and perspectives with a diverse array of people. USAP participants are selected for embodying all of the following four qualities:
- Academic excellence
- Demonstrated leadership potential
- Ethos of giving back to communities
- Financial need
USAP students are identified by the Educational Advisor through outreaches to secondary schools, open orientations, recommendations from Peace Corps volunteers, recommendations from American Corner Coordinators and recommendations from headmasters and headmistresses from a few selected secondary schools.
The applicants are required to have excellent references and must have performed very well on their secondary school leaving exams. The selected students must have strong academic and civic involvement records, and have the support of their schools. All USAP students undergo a five week-long intensive seminar. By the end of these five weeks all students are expected to have acquired;
- Strategies and increased knowledge for the SAT I and SAT II Exams
- Increased analytical reading and creative writing skills.
Registered for the SAT I and the SAT II exams (additional funds required)
- Skills and experience for writing to Admissions Officers
- Requested information from at least 8 universities
- Learned Internet skills including setting up an email account
- Registered with college search databases
- Setting up a College Board account
- Setting up a Common Application account
- Produced a package for their headmaster and their teachers; with guidance for filling out Common Application forms
- A letter summarizing their own accomplishments and goals
- Self-designed study plan for the summer months
- Community Service Internship
The USAP workshop is followed with monthly meetings. During these meetings students practice SAT tests and the education advisor monitors each student’s progress. The education advisor provides guidance throughout the entire application process. During the first week of December, the USAP members gather to assemble the different components of their applications.