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Many students in Zimbabwe would want very much to study abroad. For most of the aspirants, the idea of opportunity is also wrapped around a financial desperateness. In our country, it is easier to get an international scholarship than a local one.

To be fair, Econet Wireless is quite meticulous in its organisation of its scholarship schemes. The government of Zimbabwe also offers scholarships but reports about late payment of stipend are not very uncommon to say the least.

I will be quick to add that editors of this site are beneficiaries of international scholarships and that the information which we will provide in this guide series is an aggregate of the information we got from people who are themselves beneficiaries. In fact, we will have a scholarship case study for each of various scholarship schemes featuring an active beneficiary.

What Kind Of Scholarship Do You Want?

The prerequisites, qualifications and other requirements you need to apply for a scholarship, differ very much. Some scholarships are easier to get than others. Generally, the harder the criteria, the better the scholarship.

Anyway, we think it would be helpful if we classified scholarships into need-based and merit-based scholarships, although the line is a little blurred in most cases.

Merit-based scholarships are comparatively more competitive because the selection criterion hinges so much on academic results of the applicants. Generally, all scholarships for international students to study in the USA are merit based. Most of these require you to write SAT (Standard Aptitude Test). Normally, they also require an English proficiency test such as TOEFL but, since Zimbabwe is a former English colony and quite renowned for its English proficiency, a waiver letter usually suffice. A waver letter, in this case, is a letter that affirms that you have completed thirteen years of education at English medium schools. In addition, these scholarships involve higher stipends. (Stipend is the money that you get regularly, usually monthly, from your scholarship).

The need-based scholarships are for students who are financially disadvantaged. Although they hinge mostly on an applicant’s need for the scholarships, they also consider the applicant’s academic performance. A notable example is Wells Mountain Foundation Scholarship, although this requires that you study in your native country. These scholarships involve meager stipends but it is not unusual that most people in Zimbabwe would find the stipend more than enough to go with.

Another group of scholarships which is too tricky to tuck into either of the previously said groupings is Bilateral and Cultural Exchange scholarships. These are not that emphatic on academic records of its applicants. In fact, its beneficiaries have been known to get better programs than they would otherwise get if they had studied in Zimbabwe. ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) scholarships are a good example although there is more to them than meets the eye. To get into the highly ranked universities requires (NITs and IITs) requires you to have been very exceptional in your studies.