Championing HALI students from the African continent to university and beyond

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About Us

The HALI Access Network is an association of non-profit organizations in Africa that work with high-achieving, low-income (HALI) students to access international higher education opportunities. We strive to level the playing field in international education to increase inclusion, access, and scholarship support for remarkable students who only lack finances to make their educational dreams come true.

Our Mission

We believe in the power of education to change communities and in the impact our students have on college and university campuses. By building a coalition of university access organizations from across the African continent, we help empower the next generation of community-builders through their higher education journeys.

HALI = High-Achieving, Low-Income

member organizations across sub-Saharan continent

countries where our member organizations operate

Friends of HALI who support our mission

Our organizations support over 2000 students annually

Students of our member organizations receive $150M in grants and scholarships annually

Our Objectives


Through its advocacy work, the network seeks to support all HALI students by advocating for admissions, financial support, scholarships, and fairness in the application process.

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We bring together professionals from around the world and both sides of the admissions desk to help African HALI students pursue their higher educational goals.

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Just as each of our Member Organizations supports its HALI students, the network supports its members through mentorship and professional development opportunities.

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HALI Network Directory

HALI Indaba


The HALI Indaba is an annual gathering of non-profit organizations and schools united in one mission: to support high-achieving, low-income students from across Africa in their search for a quality tertiary education. Since 2016, the Indabas have brought HALI organizations, admissions officers, and relevant stakeholders together to share our experiences, our strategies, and our stories. The Indabas provide a strategic opportunity for professional development, building connections, and a space for HALI members and friends to advocate for education access and inclusion.

HALI Access Network is a Master’s and PhD nominating agency for the Commonwealth Scholarship scheme. Applicants must be eligible for admission to a participating university/course AND have prior affiliation with one of the HALI Access Network’s member organizations. We cannot nominate applicants who are not already affiliated with one of our member organizations and we do not accept individuals as members or new affiliates. Prospective applicants should contact their HALI member organization for more information about the nomination process.


HALI Access Network is a proud partner of Rise, an initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, a program that finds promising young people and provides them with opportunities as they work to serve others. The program seeks young people ages 15 to 17 and encourages a lifetime of service and learning by providing support that may include need-based scholarships, mentorship, networking, access to career development opportunities, and the potential for additional funding as Rise Global Winners work to develop bold ideas for public benefit. If you are, or know, a young person who meets the program eligibility criteria, encourage them to participate in the Rise 100 days challenge.


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Our latest news

Celebrating Mental Health Month – UWC East Africa

Celebrating Mental Health Month – UWC East Africa

May is Mental Health Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness and promoting understanding about mental health issues. Last month, students at UWC East Africa, a member organization of the HALI network, shared insights to create awareness, and break the stigma around mental health.

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Bridging Borders: A New Partnership within the HALI Access Network

Bridging Borders: A New Partnership within the HALI Access Network

Haile-Manas Academy in Ethiopia hosted representatives from Abaarso School in Somaliland, creating meaningful connection within the HALI Access Network. Leaders from both schools exchanged insights on college counseling and university admissions. This collaboration promises ongoing resource sharing and joint projects to enhance opportunities for high-achieving, low-income students.

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