Etienne Nzabarushimana, one of the Rwanda Presidential Scholars studying at Hendrix College, makes a presentation about his undergraduate research to a delegation from Rwanda.

2012 Heiskell Award Winner: International Exchange Partnerships

Hendrix College

Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program

Etienne Nzabarushimana, one of the Rwanda Presidential Scholars studying at Hendrix College, makes a presentation about his undergraduate research to a delegation from Rwanda.

Nomination submitted by: Peter L. Gess, Director of International Programs

Program Overview
Launched in 2006, the Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program is a consortium of 18 U.S. colleges and universities that works with the Rwandan government to provide four-year, undergraduate scholarships to a select group of Rwanda's best and brightest students. Hendrix College serves as project coordinator for the consortium and is principally responsible for obtaining scholarship commitments, overseeing the student selection process, and administering the financial aspects of the program.

The consortium is currently the largest provider of scholarships to the Rwanda Ministry of Education, with 129 students enrolled in undergraduate STEM studies as of the fall semester 2011. A second phase of the program allows U.S. students to study abroad and intern in Rwanda.

The Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program is contributing to the development and advancement of an entire country. The President of Rwanda has identified STEM fields as the key to leapfrogging the challenges that have traditionally slowed development in African countries. Many of these students will continue on to earn PhDs and return to Rwanda to strengthen universities, launch research and development endeavors, and become innovators and entrepreneurs.

Program Implementation 
Read the winning nomination, including details on how the program achieves its objectives

2014 Awards Presentation
IIE will present the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Best Practices in Internationalization at a ceremony in New York City on March 14, 2014, as part of the Annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference.
Selection Panel Members 2012

The members of the selection panel for this year’s awards include the following leaders in international education:

Arlene Jackson
Director of International Education, American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU)

Cathey Maze
Dean, Academic & Student Services, Oakland Community College

Donna Scarboro
Associate Provost, International Programs, The George Washington University

Anne Waters
Associate Vice Provost for Global Programs, New York University

Brian Whalen
President and CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad