Q. How do you find candidates for the BRC Scholarships programme?
A. BRC representatives travel to UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) camps throughout the world to locate potential scholarship recipients. Working with teachers and administrators in these refugee camps and underprivileged communities, BRC identifies qualified student candidates through evaluations of (1) local and national standardized testing or its equivalent, (2) psychological, emotional and physical testing conducted by certified partners, and (3) intensive interaction between BRC representatives and the families of student candidates.
Q. Does BRC focus on specific regions or countries?
A. At present time, activities are focused on refugees or IDP’s (displaced people) in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. As resources increase, BRC plans to expand its efforts into Eastern Europe and South Asia.
Q. What criteria do you use to award scholarships?
A. Interested applicants must be a female with official refugee or displaced person status, proficient in English, Arabic or French at college level, unable to attain higher education without a full scholarship, have a desire to attend university abroad as a full-time student (and work part-time, if available and/or necessary), and have a deep commitment to contribute to the rebuilding and development of her country of origin after finishing her education. For more information on our application process, please visit our application page here.
Q. What does BRC do to ensure the transition from the refugee camp to a foreign university is smooth?
How do you ensure the Fellows are successful in their new environment?
A. Our organization creates and implements periodic short seminars to prepare our Scholars for social and academic life at their college or university. We also consult with and guide faculty to help create (1) academic programs that meet the needs and goals of our Scholars and (2) work-study programs that provide students with financial stability. BRC also provides on-going health and nutritional counseling.
Q. How can I get involved?
A. There are many ways to get involved with BRC. Donations of supplies and services are greatly appreciated, as are monetary donations. If you’d like to get involved in a more personal way, we are always looking for volunteers to host students in their homes to ease the transition from a refugee camp to a foreign university. Other administrative help is an on-going need and we welcome any other suggestions of ways you would like to help BRC’s mission. If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please complete a volunteer form (include link)
Q: What is the candidates commitment to BRC?
A: BRC requires that a graduate works for 5 years minimum in a job that impacts their community or region. We want to avoid the brain drain and strongly suggest returning to the region of origin, the alternative is to work in a company abroad that works in your region.