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MISSION

Blue Rose Compass (BRC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving gifted young refugees the opportunity to develop their talents and become agents of change in the world.

We travel to conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America to identify young adults – especially, though not exclusively, girls – who have exceptional academic talent and leadership qualities. We help them to apply to top universities and to find work when they graduate.

Among other criteria, candidates for BRC Scholarships must be either living in a refugee camp or otherwise displaced by conflict, and committed to finding ways in which they can use the opportunity of an education to contribute to peace and rebuilding in their region of origin.

Without our intervention, the talents of these exceptional individuals would most likely go to waste. The NGOs that work hard to cater to more than 50 million refugees understandably prioritize emergency needs such as safety, food and shelter. Education takes a back seat.

In particular, talented young women in the regions we work in tend to be extremely marginalized. They are typically encouraged to marry young rather than to pursue their studies. Often cultural or political pressures keep them away from school.

An education from an elite university can enable an individual to break their entire family’s cycle of poverty, and exponentially increase the impact they can have in their home regions.  BRC Scholars are also encouraged to work together on cross-border projects.

As a diploma is only part of the equation, we work hard to get our students first class summer internships and jobs with Fortune 500 companies on graduation.

As beacons of hope and positive role models, BRC Scholars remind us that it is possible to create your future and impact the world no matter where you are from.