Some 88 needy students attending universities from across the country will now be able to continue their studies, courtesy of Sh8.8 million fees scholarship by Oshwal Aid.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony for the cheques, Oshwal Education and Relief Board communication manager Oliver Mwenda said the scholarship will go a long way to ensure needy but bright students get quality education. “The board disburses Sh100,000 for each student and support them for the duration of their education, be it three years or six years for medicine courses,” Mwenda said.
Oshwal Aid is a welfare arm of the Oshwal Education and Relief Board and partners with the Higher Education Loans Board who receive applications, vet the candidates then eventually recommend successful students for scholarships.
“The OERB is keen to play its part to ensure needy students are able to complete their studies without having much concern about tuition fees,” Mwenda added.
“The scholarship ensures that I only have to be concerned with my studies which would be difficult if such an intervention never came through,” said Chelsea Kangogo, a student at Moi university who is one of the beneficiaries of the scholarship.
Oshwal Aid assists communities around East Africa through a wide range of programmes in education, health, disaster relief and sustainable development.
Meanwhile, American University in Cairo is offering graduate fellowship for non-Egyptian African nationals. Fellowship is available for pursuing graduate (master) degree level at the university. Fellowships are awarded for two academic years and the intervening summer session. Application should be submitted until December 15.
Edinburgh Napier University is also inviting applications for merit-based African postgraduate scholarships. The scholarships of between GBP£1000-£3000 (Sh158,000-Sh474,000) are for entry onto a full time postgraduate programme in January 2016. Applications for courses are submitted by the end of November.