While our main focus is on providing a middle school education, we know our students dream even bigger than 9th grade graduation. That's why we provide support for those bigger dreams. Mostly this takes the form of programming that helps our students see the value of continuing their education and scholarships that help truly outstanding students go on to high school or vocational training. We also connect students in the U.S. and students in Mali, fostering a curious and supportive connection.


Inspiration Scholars
Inspiration Scholars represent some of the most outstanding graduates of Mali Rising's schools. Our generous donors provide scholarships that allow these graduates to go on to high school or to a vocational program. The Scholars build a better lives for themselves and inspire other students to study hard in the hope of a scholarship.  Learn more about Inspiration Scholars.


Youth Ambassadors Project
Mali Rising's Youth Ambassadors engage the energy of young people in the U.S. to help Mali Rising's students. At the same time, Ambassadors are building their own leadership skills and fostering international understanding among young people. Youth Ambassadors are high school students from around the U.S. who commit to tackling at least one activity from each of three categories during the Ambassador year: outreach, service, and fundraising. In addition, Ambassadors learn from each other, our staff, and experts via video calls over the course of the year. Learn more about Youth Ambassadors and how to get involved.


Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest
We  want to encourage young people in the United States to think critically yet compassionately about international development issues. The Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest is an annual forum for thoughtful high school thinkers to share their analysis on a different international development topic each year. Learn more about the Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest.