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The African Leadership Bridge extends the opportunity to highly qualified students from Africa to get an outstanding university education in the USA. We do this work because access to a quality university education in Africa is extremely constrained - especially considering the number of highly qualified secondary school students. We build bridges between challenge and opportunity. Between opportunity and success. And, between Africa and the USA.
The African Leadership Bridge (formerly the RSC Foundation) is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization founded in March 2007 by Rick Reeder, Deborah Sanders, and Joe Ciccarello. Their mission began while working with a student from Kenya during a Job Shadowing Day sponsored by the University of Texas Ex Students Association.
The trio became intrigued by the problem of limited slots in Kenya for University enrollment despite the great number of highly qualified high school graduates.
The foundation believes strongly that the best way to expand the ideals of a free society and free-market economics is to educate people about it, and whenever possible, expose them to it directly. By creating opportunities for students from Africa to attend The University of Texas at Austin, the RSC Foundation is not only investing in individuals with great potential, but also helping to spread the influence of an open and free market-driven society.
Award recipients benefit from tuition and fees scholarships, and then repay the foundation to allow future students to benefit as they have. In addition, individuals will take their knowledge and earning-potential back home to foster entrepreneurialism and further the foundations of a free-market society.