This program started in Arkansas at Hendrix College back in 2007 with just four students. Now there are 81 of them studying here and across the South, enriching their lives and ours.
Rwandan music and dance fill the Clinton Library on Thursday night from native students, like Fidele Bingwa, achieving steps well beyond the dance floor.
"I'm planning on graduating and hopefully do masters degree, that would be great," Bingwa said.
Bingwa is a sophomore at Hendrix College taking part in the Rwandan Presidential Scholars Program. And he's clearly on board with the mission.
"When you come here, you feel like you have the responsibility to take them there and have them where this country is," Bingwa said.
The scholars program recruits high-performing Rwandan students for college in the United States, arming them with education to help rebuild a country destroyed by the 1994 genocide.
"We look at this program as one of the key areas of investment because we know this will be the engine of our development," said James Kimonyo, Rwanda's Ambassador to the U.S.
"I'm studying physics, so what I'm hoping to going back home and either be a teacher or I'll be working in an engineering field," Bingwa said.
Hendrix President J. Timothy Cloyd says these students are performing well.
"They come here and they set the curve in physics, math and biology," Cloyd said.
He says they're shattering stereotypes that their impoverished roots mean meager results in the classroom.
"It factures that I think that's a beautiful thing," Cloyd said.
It's a beautiful thing appearing at Hendrix and 20 other college campuses across the South. And real passion from the students involved.
"I love Rwanda and I would love to see it develop. That's where my heart is," Bingwa said.
Thursday's celebration was also a kick off for a two-day summit at the Clinton library.
Representatives from the participating schools will spend Friday discussing the program's progress as well as its challenges.
There was some initial talk Thursday that President Clinton would be at Thursday's event. He was in town earlier Thursday doing an interview with Tom Brokow. But he never made it to the dinner.
Other Arkansas schools in this program include UALR, UCA, Harding and Henderson State.