STF Scholars are best in class. 
Explore by country to meet some of them!

Ethiopia  |  India  |  Nepal  |  Peru  |  Tanzania  |  The Gambia


A Life Left Behind

Originally from a shantytown in Ethiopia, Sintayehu forged a new life for herself, moving to the Selamta Family Project at age 12. Now, she shares her story as she revisits her old life.

See the photo essay.


An STF Movie Star

STF Scholar Tizita Hagare recently made her debut as the lead actress in the 2015 award-winning movie Difret, produced by Angelina Jolie!

Watch the award-winning film on Netflix or Amazon.


Graduation Day

Maheshwari grew up in a family of quarry workers in rural India, none of whom received schooling past the eighth grade. Little did they know that she would defy all their expectations, graduating from high school and even looking ahead to college.

Watch the short film.


Keerthi Stars on

In this episode of “Get Schooled,” Glamour’s series on the lives of girls around the world, STF Scholar Keerthi brings you with her to show how her education has already changed her life.

Watch the video.


Deepa's She's the First Poem

“I am a girl and I am better than you think, sturdier than I look, smarter than you know, braver than I show and stronger than you believe.”

Listen to the rest of the poem.

Race for Equality

Equality matters to STF Scholars Jharana and Sirjana. In 2014, they organized the first 5k race in Surket, Nepal to get their community talking about why women must be educated and treated equally.

Watch the short film.


In Roshni's Own Words

Meet Roshni, an STF Scholar from Nepal whose life was transformed by the opportunity to study at the Kopila Valley School. Learn about how education helped her achieve gender equality in her family.

Watch the video created by Brittany Brothers and Brianne Riviello.



A Service Trip Worth the Miles

STF Scholars embarked on an 8-hour trip to complete a service project and be role models to younger students in a remote Andean community.

Read the story.


A Day in Her Life

STF Scholar Elizabeth shares a day in her life, living in dormitories and going to school in Peru, through our partner program, the Sacred Valley Project.

See the photo essay.


Unbroken: Elly's Story

In this short film, co-directed by Elly herself, she tells why she dreams of a Tanzania in which men and women exist on an equal playing field—in education, in relationships, and in life. (Warning: difficult subject matter)

Watch the short film.

The Gambia


Have you ever woken up with a business idea that you just knew would change everything? Fatou has. This is her story—the story of what happens when you give a student the skills she needs to achieve her most audacious goals.

Watch the short film.