SHE-CAN recruiting is a six-month process. We begin by meeting candidates in-person in Cambodia, Liberia, and Guatemala.

To join SHE-CAN, candidates go through an intensive recruiting process and conduct a community service project. Once selected they are matched with a powerful mentor team and win a scholarship to a top U.S. college. While attending college, they participate in leadership training and exclusive internship opportunities. After graduating, scholars return to their home countries and join a growing cohort of female leaders who are dedicated to working together to pull up other women into leadership positions and make a positive impact in their communities.

SHE-CAN | Scholars - How it Works - Year 1

Year 1

Once accepted as a potential scholar, candidates enroll in SHE-CAN’s test preparation classes for the English language exam (IELTS or TOEFL) and academic entrance exam (ACT or SAT). While in classes, candidates execute a community service leadership project. Young women who perform well on the exams and complete a compelling community service project are officially accepted as a SHE-CAN scholar.

After being accepted, scholars are matched with a team of 4-6 U.S. mentors who help their scholar apply for a U.S. college scholarship and emotionally prepare for life in the U.S. Mentors greet their scholar at the airport, host their scholar over school holidays, and provide guidance, emotional support and access to professional networks.

Years 2-4

In addition to earning their degrees, scholars receive training and support to build their leadership skills.

Scholars work with their mentors to set short- and long-term goals which are revisited every semester. They also attend our Leadership Summits in California, where all scholars come together to learn important skills like self-advocacy, networking and project management.

SHE-CAN also supports scholars in finding summer internships that align with their career goals.

SHE-CAN | Scholars - How it Works - Years 2-4
SHE-CAN | Scholars - How it Works - Year 5

Year 5

In their final year of the program, SHE-CAN scholars graduate from college and return to their home countries. SHE-CAN assists with the post-grad employment process through our established relationships with in-country employers who are eager to hire returning scholars.