Zimbabwe has untapped sporting potential exhibited in the levels our high school athletes achieve locally and internationally.  One of the best ways students can develop their sporting talent to a higher level while studying at a top college or university is through earning sports scholarships in the United States. Often what stands between student athletes and sports scholarships is verification of talent, exposure and information.

Chengetayi Mapaya of St George’s College on his way to study at Texas Christian University in 2018

The Student Athlete Cohort guides a group of A level students who are national in their sports through the full process including creating a compelling sports cv, contacting and communicating with coaches, and verifying talent through electronically timed track or swim events, statistics and game videos.    Note that we are not agents and do not represent athletes – rather we guide them through the process of applying for sporting scholarships while applying to universities using their academic qualifications.

SAC member Sarah Bryony Hawgood made National D3 Cross Country Championships during her first season at St Olaf College.
SAC member Sarah Bryony Hawgood made National D3 Cross Country Championships during her first season at St Olaf College.

We limited the 2017 cohort to 25 top student athletes across sporting disciplines who are currently studying for A level.  The criteria to apply for cohort membership are:

  • Students are in good academic standing with solid O levels and passes in all subjects who are in L6 or U6.
  • Students are highly accomplished in their sport, having reached Provincial or National level.
  • Students accepted into the cohort must register as EducationUSA members at their local EducationUSA office in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru or Mutare.
  • Students are not working with any other agents or consultants on their sports scholarship process.

To apply to join the cohort, use this application link .

The first three years of the cohort, which began as a partnership between SSN and EducationUSA, and moved to Education Matters in 2016, has witnessed impressive success in assisting Zimbabwean students earn scholarships at NCAA Division 1, 2, and 3 schools for their talents in a wide range of sports including rowing, track and field, rugby, women’s hockey, women’s basketball, soccer, water polo, swimming, tennis, cycling, triathlon and golf.