The NeXXt Scholars Program offers female students from countries with Muslim-majority populations and college-selected American young women interested in studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines the opportunity to receive professional development and career advancing support while pursuing undergraduate degree programs at U.S. women’s colleges. Students apply directly to any of the U.S. women’s colleges participating in the NeXXt Scholars Program (see map in program guide). Upon acceptance and matriculation, the International NeXXt Scholar is matched to a school-selected American NeXXt Scholar and the pair explores the Program together. The inaugural class of NeXXt Scholars enrolled in the Fall of 2012 (http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/10/199153.htm). Now in its second year, twice as many new NeXXt Scholars enrolled in the Fall of 2013 (http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2013/218379.htm).
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 successful female professional in a STEM-related field who serves as a mentor, providing one-on-one support regarding career paths and professional development. Additionally, Scholars gain access to leadership, internships, workshops, 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. Please note that the NeXXt Scholars Program is not a scholarship and does not finance students’ education in the United States.
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.
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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.
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