ANNA PHILLIPS

Co-Founder, Director of Scholar Support

Anna is one of the co-founders and a member of the leadership team of the B2R Scholars Program. She moved to Rwanda in 2009 in response to President Kagame’s direct call for a program which would “burst the bottlenecks” preventing Rwanda’s best students from earning scholarships for studies abroad. After teaching English and college test preparation at Sonrise High School in Musanze, Anna moved to Kigali in 2011. There, she successfully recruited the support of Kaplan, the world’s leading test prep provider, and launched the first gap-year class of B2R Scholars. Before moving to Rwanda, Anna worked with children receiving cochlear implants at Arkansas Children’s Hospital as a Speech Pathologist. She earned her B.S. at the University of Arkansas and M.S. at the University of South Carolina. Since arriving in Rwanda, Anna has also established a speech pathology clinic at King Faisal Hospital in Kigali and coordinated the fitting of 4,000 custom hearing aids with the Starkey Hearing Foundation. After four years in Rwanda, Anna now supports the program she co-founded as B2R’s Director of Development in the U.S.

ABOUT ANNA

ONE THING I'VE LEARNED ?

“Perseverance, secret of all triumphs”  – Victor Hugo

BEST ADVICE I EVER GOT ?

“Standing at the edge of uncertainty is where you see God work the most.” -Dale Dawson

FAVORITE BOOK, MOVIE, OR PIECE OF ART ?

Favorite books: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis;
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

SOMEONE I ADMIRE ?

My late father – for the beautiful way he lived his life full of integrity, goodness, and love. 

SOMETHING I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT ?

Helping to open doors of opportunity and unleashing potential in others. I’m also passionate about traveling, hosting people around a dinner table, and being a mom to my beautiful twins.

SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ?

I learned how to box from the Rwanda National Boxing Team.