The Henry and Margy Dudley Grant Program for Higher Education

A4T volunteer Attal visits a class in this A4T program and asks the students studying for the Kankor university entrance exam:  “raise your hand if you want to earn your PhD.?” (June 2017, Kabul)

The Dudley Family Grant Program for Higher Education began in April 2011, providing qualified poor Afghan women from different provinces a stipend for their higher education needs. Most who started in this program in 2011 have graduated from different private and government universities, schools, and community colleges and now support their families. We are grateful that the funding of this worthwhile program continues and expands each year. The program has enabled many Afghan female students to successfully reach their educational and career goals, be great role models and to help their friends and families.  These students are screened, selected and monitored each year by the staff at A4T’s Country Office in Kabul who also prepare quarterly reports for our board and the donor. Many of those students supported by the program are working in NGO’s, private schools, private hospitals and other companies.

Henry & Margy Dudley, who are generously supporting girls’ education in Afghanistan, provide a grant program for development and skill building of poor girls in Afghanistan.

Summary for 2015

The 2015 program began in June 2015 and finished in mid-February 2016. At the beginning of this time period, A4T accepted to provided education support for 133 female students from 18 government schools and one private school (Farda-e-Afghanan private school), in Kabul. Due to different challenges some of those students were not able to continue with the program. A total of 73 students did attend the full 8-month program in Kabul, in two shifts. Half attended in the morning, before their classes at their school, and half attended in the afternoon, after their morning classes.  Transportation services were also provided for the 14 students who came from far away areas.
Opening day of A4T’s 2015 Program in Kabul, by Mr. Najib, A4T board memb
er, and Mohammad Ilias Barikzai, A4T Country Director.Opening day of A4T's Program in Kabul, by Mr. Najib, A4T board member.This is the only free education support program for females in Afghanistan. 73 of the students were in 12th grade. They attended this special program in a large classroom provided by A4T, designed to support and prepare them to pass the highly competitive Kankor Entrance exam in February 2016. All who pass will attend one of the free public universities or community colleges in Afghanistan, starting in late March 2016. The students have high hopes to attend community colleges or universities, and have a better chance at job opportunities.

graduates in A4T's univ. stipend program, 2015Pictured right are two students from the 2015 program, who received program stipends since 2013 to support their college education. They both graduated in December 2015 – one from Kabul Education University (Pedagogy department), and one from Kabul International University (Science Department).

Summary for 2014:
In 2014 each of the students received $100 a month for their school related expenses. A total of 36 students benefited from the program, out of which 31 were 12th graders from 4 government schools and 5 students were from previous years in the program. Out of the 36, 21 of them passed the Kankor exam and were able to join a community college or University for free.

Three students graduated from community colleges.  Click this link to read the stories by 3 students in A4T-Dudley Grant Program.

This program is funded by Henry and Margy Dudley, who have been supporting A4T’s education programs for girls since the opening of our first school in Kabul in 2004.

Yearly summaries for 2011 – 2013:

In 2011 the Dudley family grant provided financial aid to seven female students, each at $50/month. The monthly or quarterly stipend covers course fees, exam fees, tuition, books, and transportation. The seven students were selected from a pool of 20 applicants by a panel of four A4T officers. These student came from all different walks of life and different provinces of Afghanistan. The selection criteria were based on financial needs, educational interest and career objectives. Most of these students were former A4T students.

In 2012 the program helped 19 female students towards their educational goals. Of these 19 students 16 were university level student and the remainder 3 were high school students. The amount of scholarship for these students were increased to $80/month to offset the cost of living and tuition increases.

In 2013 the program helped 13 students, who were selected from a pool of 30 applicants. Two students graduated in August. Again these students came from different provinces and were selected on the basis of their financial needs, educational interests and career goals.

A4T is looking forward for the day when these students will graduate from universities and use their knowledge to promote peace and security in Afghanistan.


“Girls education is the single highest returning social investment in the world today.”
—Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan