The USAP program has been assisting high-achieving, low-income students to access university education internationally since it was first started as a program of EducationUSA nearly 20 years ago. Rebecca Zeigler Mano founded USAP in Zimbabwe at the end of 1999 in response to a strong belief that there are many determined and talented, economically-disadvantaged students who lack only financial resources and access to information to better their educational futures. USAP students have consistently been selected for four key criteria: academic excellence, demonstrated leadership potential, an ethos of giving and economic disadvantage. More than 15 years later, over 400 Zimbabwean USAP students have excelled as students at America’s top colleges and universities.  USAP students continue to excel in impressive measure, including recent USAP students named as Cambridge Gates and Rhodes Scholars, MBA, MD and PhD degrees earned and successful entrepreneurial initiatives started on the ground in Africa. The program was replicated to EducationUSA offices internationally on three continents.