The Rugari Scholarship Program for Great Lakes Region of Africa


Morehouse College, under a grant of $1 million from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, provided a full scholarship program to cover the cost of a four year education program for five students from the African Great Lakers Region, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda.

The Rugari Scholarship Program sought to train and develop future leaders for the African Great Lakes region in the hope that the students selected for their program would return home after the completion of their studies to support the incredible development potential that exist in those countries.

Morehouse College, under that scholarship program, sought highly qualified male students, who had completed their secondary studies at the baccalaureate and “A levels”.  The applicants were required to be in the top 10% of their class and had to have taken the American SAT exam with a minimum score of 1670 or ACT exams with a minimum score of 25. In addition, the applicants had to complete the TOFEL examination. The college required a minimum score of 78 on the examination to be considered for this scholarship program. Applicants had to have shown leadership skills and had to have been actively involved in school and community service programs.

The Rugari Scholarship Program for Great Lakes Region of Africa ended in 2018.