To achieve our mission, we use a holistic, multi-pronged approach:
Many obstacles keep girls from finishing school.
Long, dangerous routes to school
Higher costs at higher levels of schooling
Emphasis on early marriage and traditional roles
When a girl is educated,
she is unstoppable.
But with an education, everything changes.
earns 20% more per year of schooling she finishes
Is less likely to marry early and more likely to be in a healthy relationship
has fewer, healthier children
changes the world around her for the better
We provide scholarships to girls who will be first-generation graduates, and we’re focused on more than just academics. We support programs that include mentorship, extracurricular activities, sex education, life skills training, and sometimes even a dormitory—all of that sets a girl up for success outside the classroom.
STF Scholars and STF Campus Chapter members are trained to take action on issues affecting women and girls in their own communities and beyond. The program is based on three pillars:
Students learn leadership through a high-touch mentorship program that stresses personal and professional development, on campus and after graduation.
Each campus leader rallies support on his or her campus, learns to build partnerships within local communities, and plans major advocacy and fundraising events.
A guided global awareness program and peer-to-peer discussions enable chapter members to become responsible and informed global citizens.
We seek out local solutions to global problems. In 11 countries, we provide key support to the community-based partner NGOs who are working with STF Scholars, so that together, we can achieve our shared vision. This involves grant funding outside of the scholarships and an annual staff development conference in Nairobi for our African partners.