BW Scholars

Botswana Scholars was founded by Dr Goitseone Lucy Hopkins. Lucy completed her PhD at the School of Medicine at Cardiff University. In 2018, Lucy joined the AccessEd incubator and began work on designing and piloting BW Scholars, a new university access programme in her home country of Botswana. BW Scholars is supported by Botswana International University of Science and Technology.

The mission of BW Scholars is to support young people from under-served communities to access university.

It does this by recruiting, training and placing postgraduate researchers in Primary, Junior and Senior schools, including Orphanages.

Read the 2019 programme pilot impact report here

The Botswana Scholars Programme is aimed at young people from under-represented backgrounds. All pupils enrolled are pupils that the school has determined meet at least one of the following criteria:

Remote Area Dwellers (RAD)
Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC)
No parental history of higher education

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What Scholars think

Kaone, Lotsane Senior School

"I am proud of taking part in the programme because it has helped me to think out of the box and also see what university leaning is like"

Brian, Matshekge Hill Senior School

“I am now dedicated to doing my work at school because I have been inspired by my tutor”

What did you enjoy most about the BW Scholars Programme?

It gave me an opportunity to engage and inspire young minds… Seeing how motivated the students were and how their confidence grew with time.

What was your most memorable moment of the BW Scholars Programme?

The enthusiasm showed by both students and lead teachers and the amazing atmosphere at graduation.

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