Our Mission

She’s the First provides scholarships to girls in low-income countries, fostering first-generation graduates and cultivating the next generation of global leaders. Working closely with our international, locally-driven NGO partners, scholars at primary and secondary school levels* are identified based on financial need, scholastic merit, and their potential to become positive influencers and leaders within their communities.
Harnessing technology and social media, She’s the First is committed to connecting our sponsors, student campus leaders and scholars around the world in innovative, mutually beneficial ways to foster mentorship, philanthropy, equality, and leadership.
*She’s the First primarily focuses its support on students at the secondary school age, a time when girls are particularly vulnerable to factors that prevent them from graduating from high school.

Our Philosophy

Our educational philosophy is
that quality always trumps quantity.

We partner with those who believe the same. Each scholar is given tools and resources to ensure her success, during and after her school years. Our scholars learn more than basic academics; they learn how to apply their new skills to the world around them, encouraged by support systems and mentors every step of the way. Ultimately, our student leaders and scholars become change agents who will break cycles of generational poverty and transform our world.


Girls’ Education Facts

  • What about the boys?

    While there are many equally deserving boys around the world in dire need of an education, we’ve chosen to focus our efforts on girls, since statistically, they’ve faced greater disadvantages. Only one in every five girls in the developing world finish primary school*, and only one out of every three countries (37 percent) has as many girls as boys in secondary schools*.


    enrollment rate

    In the countries where we work, the rate of enrollment for girls in secondary school is only 33 percent*. That’s only one in three female students! Yet, less than two cents of every development dollar goes to girls.
  • Educating girls isn’t
    just about equality…

    …it’s about the economy. Research consistently shows that educating girls and enabling their participation in the workforce substantially increases a country’s GDP, or economic output. An extra year of primary school for girls means they can earn 10 to 20 percent more, on average.


    in future wages

    Girls with secondary education have an even bigger return of 18 percent in future wages, as compared to 14 percent for boys.*
  • PLUS

    There is a positive connection between educating girls and lowering maternal mortality rates, delaying childbirth and family size, and improving hygiene to slow the spread of disease. Girls who are educated are, in the long run, likely to marry later, bear fewer children, educate their own children, and be less vulnerable to sexual abuse and coerced sex (and therefore less likely to be infected by sexually transmitted diseases)*.

    We can transform a girl’s life if we help her be the first to reach her high school graduation, changing the trajectory of her entire life. For further information, try our recommended reads below, and join us in turning these harrowing statistics into future success stories.


The Best Investment
TIME Magazine

Half the Sky
Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl Wudunn

The End of Poverty
Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey Sachs

India Untouched
The Forgotten Face Of Rural Poverty by Abraham George

The Price of Stones
Building a School for My Village by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri (Author), Susan Urbanek Linville (Author)

The Blue Sweater (2009)
Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz

The Favored Daughter
One Woman’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future by Fawzia Koofi, Nadene Ghouri

Opium Nation
Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan by Fariba Nawa

Our Impact

  • number of countries


  • STF scholars


  • number of chapters


  • years of education


  • total student body reach


  • social media reach


  • students in campus chapters gain

    hands-on leadership training
    global awareness
    entrepreneurial skills
    lifelong passion for philanthropy
    a rockstar support network

  • sponsored scholars gain

    the basics: tuition, uniforms, food
    dedicated mentorship
    real-world skill sets
    a rockstar support network

Our People:

Our Financials & Funders