Blue Rose Compass

New York, NY   |  https://bluerosecompass.org/

Mission

BRC is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving gifted young women who have been forced from their homes by conflict or climate change the opportunity of a first-class, STEM-focused education and employment with one of our Fortune 500 partner companies. We work with academic and corporate partners who share our belief in equality, diversity and purpose. Universities tell us our Scholars bring life experience that opens the eyes of other students – and professors – to the realities of today’s world. Companies tell us our Scholars are dedicated, hard-working employees who embody their commitment to an inclusive workplace.

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Lorna Solis

Main address

PO Box 237030

New York, NY 10023 USA

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EIN

27-1034149

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Vocational Counseling / Guidance / Testing (J21)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Only 1% of refugees ever have the opportunity to attend university. While refugee status confers legal rights, in practice the scale of the problem – with 50 million refugees – stretches resources thin. NGOs understandably prioritize emergency needs such as safety, food and shelter over education. Limited funds mostly go to primary schooling, which alone cannot equip young refugees with the skills they need to rebuild their communities of origin.

Our programs

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Scholarships

BRC is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving gifted young women who have been forced from their homes by conflict or climate change the opportunity of a first-class, STEM-focused education and employment with one of our Fortune 500 partner companies.

We work with academic and corporate partners who share our belief in equality, diversity and purpose. Universities tell us our Scholars bring life experience that opens the eyes of other students – and professors – to the realities of today’s world. Companies tell us our Scholars are dedicated, hard-working employees who embody their commitment to an inclusive workplace.

We visit refugee populations around the world to identify young women with exceptional academic talent and leadership qualities. We help them to apply for scholarships we have lined up with our partner universities, including tuition to pass any necessary standardized tests. We deal with immigration authorities to navigate requirements that are often complex and fast-changing. We support Scholars to settle in and arrange jobs when they graduate.

Without our intervention, the talents of these exceptional young women would most likely never be realized. Girls in refugee communities are often extremely marginalized, with cultural or political pressures keeping them away from school to care for elders, perform domestic chores or marry early and start a family. We look for Scholars who are committed to becoming agents of change in the world and showcasing to their communities what women can achieve.

Only 1% of refugees ever have the opportunity to attend university. While refugee status confers legal rights, in practice the scale of the problem – with 50 million refugees – stretches resources thin. NGOs understandably prioritize emergency needs such as safety, food and shelter over education. Limited funds mostly go to primary schooling, which alone cannot equip young refugees with the skills they need to rebuild their communities of origin.

Exiting refugee status and gaining an education from an elite university can enable an individual to break their family’s cycle of poverty. Every one of our graduates so far has gone on to help put their siblings through school, often as the sole family breadwinner.

For countries that take them in, BRC Scholars bring the opportunity for cross-cultural exchanges, improved understanding of different religions and customs, and linguistic skills that strengthen the workforce. Wanting to do well at university and beyond, our Scholars are highly motivated to master the local language, integrate and contribute to society.

Refugees want what everyone else wants: an identity; a country to belong to; a chance to learn, work, take care of their families and take control of their lives. As beacons of hope and positive role models, BRC Scholars remind us that it is possible to create your future and impact the world no matter where you are from.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

SAP Innovation Award 2019

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to work in conflict zones and provide opportunities to refugees that they would otherwise not have, be it through education or employment.

We provide full scholarships to leading schools around the world, we provide mentoring and financial support too.. and once they graduate we link them to full time jobs. They exit the refugee status forever and are now able to fend for themselves and for their families.

We leverage on our partnerships in the regions we work in as well as having top schools provide scholarships to our refugee students.

There are 60M refugees in the world, this is the largest crisis we face today.. I would like to provide opportunities to every refugee.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board of directors
as of 12/16/2021
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Board co-chair

Lorna Solis


Board co-chair

Jim Tolisano

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes