The NeXXt Scholars Program offers female students from countries with Muslim-majority populations and college-selected American young women interested in studying STEM disciplines the opportunity to pursue undergraduate degree programs at U.S. women’s colleges. Students apply directly to any of the 38 U.S. women’s colleges participating in the NeXXt Scholars Program (see map). Upon acceptance and matriculation, the International NeXXt Scholar is matched to a school-selected American NeXXt Scholar, typically a first-year, and the pair explores the Program together. The inaugural class of NeXXt Scholars enrolled in the Fall of 2012.
All NeXXt Scholars receive access to the STEM community through their 5-year membership to the New York Academy of Sciences. Scholars are also individually matched with a mentor, who is a successful female professional in a STEM-related field, in order to provide one-on-one support regarding career paths and professional development. Additionally, Scholars gain access to leadership, internship, and research opportunities to build the skills and confidence needed to become the next leaders, problem-solvers, and innovators of communities in the U.S. and abroad.
The NeXXt Scholars Program was launched by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in December 2011. By partnering with a consortium of U.S. women’s colleges, the NeXXt Scholars Program is preparing the next generation of female global leaders, discovering the next great idea, and solving the next big challenge. The double X in the Program’s title symbolizes the X chromosomes of women.
• Award of a 5-year sponsored membership to the New York Academy of Sciences—4 years during undergraduate studies and a year post-graduation.
• Based on shared interests, the Academy assigns each Scholar to a professional STEM mentor (or Fellow) for career development and assistance with scientific networking.
• Each International NeXXt Scholar is paired to an incoming American NeXXt Scholar as nominated by the college.
• The Program offers opportunities for participation in skills development workshops as well as access to internships and research opportunities.
• Scholars are exposed to an incredible STEM education environment with high-tech equipment and hands-on learning at a participating women’s college.
• Intermingling of the students ensures internationalization of U.S. women’s college campuses while dispelling misperceptions and developing mutual understanding and respect across borders.
• NeXXt Scholars are able to network with other young STEM professionals and act as ambassadors for their country of origin.
American high school seniors planning to major in a SEVIS-approved STEM major who accept an offer from a participating U.S. women’s college will automatically be considered for nomination as an American NeXXt Scholar if an International NeXXt Scholar is accepted. Although there is no formal application process, students can also indicate their interest as part of the college application.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the NeXXt Scholars Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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