Communities know best.

STF Partners belong to our network because they believe in quality, holistic education—and they do a stellar job of implementing it. We believe firmly in working with local organizations and teams because they know best what their communities need. And we invest in locally-led leadership with a multi-pronged approach, including Partner Grants and an annual Partner Conference for our East African partners.

These partners provide a nuanced, community-based approach to their interventions. This means that while each STF Scholar may have a slightly different educational experience, each is equipped with the skills she needs to survive and thrive in her environment.

Each of these organizations have been fully vetted for solid financials, programs, and values. Interested in applying to be an STF Partner? Our interest form is here and reviewed bi-annually.


By Location


Latin America

Western Africa

Eastern Africa

Southeast Asia

Partnership FAQs

How does STF choose partner programs?
Through a rigorous process! When we are looking to expand, we put out a call for partner applications in countries of interest. She’s the First will have a preliminary conversation with a potential NGO partner, and if our values and shared needs align, an extensive written application will be completed, followed by a series of interviews over Skype or phone. Potential partners also submit financials as well as references, and our team will often do a site visit before officially adding them to the network. All of our partner programs share our philosophy for comprehensive, quality education and embrace the programming and support that the She’s the First network and scholarships provide.

How can I apply to be part of the STF network of partners?
Our most recent interest form is here, and we review it twice per year.

How are STF Scholars selected?
Our local partner programs select the students who receive She’s the First scholarships at their schools, based on scholastic merit and financial need.