Drawing on IIE’s extensive experience in managing scholarships and conducting leadership and skills training, the Higher Education Readiness program (HER), A Path to University for Girls® aims to: 

  • Develop and refine an effective model for a secondary school scholarship program that will not only increase girls’ participation in higher education in Ethiopia, but will also achieve greater scale and be replicated in other developing countries.
  • Identify and address the obstacles that are keeping girls from entering university, and to provide targeted resources such as school fees, transportation, books and uniforms, personal supplies, as well as tutoring and enrichment activities that will prepare them to succeed in higher education and subsequently in the workforce.
  • Establish best practices for creating pathways for underserved secondary youth, particularly girls, to pursue higher education, and to bring partners and potential funders together to address these needs in a cost effective way that will have maximum impact on the girls as well as their families and communities.