Madhvani Foundation launches scholarship programme

By Sam Wakhakha , :: 05-05-2011

The Madhvani Foundation has set aside over Shs550 million to be used for University scholarships for  students in the 2011/2012 university academic year.
The amount which is  the largest ever donated by the trust will be used to pay the tuition fees of brilliant yet underprivileged Ugandan students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Ugandan universities.


“The Foundation is honoured to once again to make available an increased contribution towards Uganda’s development,” Henry Kyemba the Chairman of the Scholarships committee said while launching the fund.
“Last year,” he adds, “we contributed just under 540 million which was able to cater for 149 students, this year we have crossed the 550 million mark for the first time”.
UCU students also qualify for this scholarship and the previous years, the university has had students benefiting from it.
Mr. Kyemba reminded potential applicants for undergraduate courses that the scholarships would only be available to students who have finished their first year of study and have a Cumulative Grade Point Average CGPA of 2.2 with no retakes done in the first year.
“Every year the quality and quantity of applicants to the programme appears to improve which is encouraging, this and other factors has allowed us to dedicate an increasing amount of funds each year which has meant that more brilliant yet underprivileged students have been given a chance to realize their full potential,” he pointed out
Susan Nabukeera, a former beneficiary and now a Business Development Officer with Uganda Air Cargo said, “The Foundation was the driving force behind my success, I am here today because they made it possible for me to achieve what I knew I was capable of. The fact that my tuition fees were assured enabled me to allocate ample time to my studies which is why I was able to excel in my course”.
The foundation is looking for bright Ugandan students, both undergraduates and post graduate, of sound character who are facing difficulties paying their University tuition fees.
“The selection process will be very transparent however I would like to caution applicants against any form of canvassing as this will lead to their immediate disqualification from the process,” Kyemba cautions
Application forms for the Scholarships can be downloaded for free from the foundation website at www.madhvanifoundation.com or bought for Shs2,000 from The Muljibhai Madhvani Building at plot 20/2 Jinja road, Kampala.
The closing date for submission of completed forms is the 31st of May 2011.

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