KAMPALA: The Muljibhai Madhvani Foundation has announced the 2018-2019 Scholarship annual award worth Sh700 million to gifted but financially challenged students.
This is the 14th consecutive year the Foundation is giving out scholarships to Ugandan bright but needy students since it was started in 2003 and to date it has given out Sh6.5 billion to support over 2000 Ugandan students studying both scientific and technical courses.
The Chairman Madhvani Foundation-Board of Directors, Gerald Sendawula explained that the support was in line with the vision of the founder of the Madhvani Group who believes that the secret to Uganda’s development lays in the education of its people in science and technical courses.
“We are proud to have supported over 2,000 underprivileged Ugandan students from different Ugandan universities across the country. I get emotional to see the business community display such a great sense of giving back to the communities in which they operate” said Mr Sendawula while briefing the media during the launch.
He said Madhvani foundation registered success in the growth of the beneficiary numbers when one hundred seventy six (176) students were granted the award last year, which was the highest record of awardees compared to previous years.
The Scholarship is open for sponsorship in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Actuarial Science, Architecture, Veterinary Medicine, Commerce, Hotel Management, Pharmacy, Nursing, Engineering, Food Science & Technology, Information Technology, Environment, and Medicine displines.
Mr Innocent Agonza, a Madhvani foundation Alumni who lost his parents when he was at young age and started fending for his young siblings to survive, said the scholarship has gave him an opportunity to study and complete a Bachelors Degree in Agro-business Management, at Makerere University.
In his second year as medical student, Mr Richard Mugahi was desperate when both his parents lost their jobs, took a chance to apply for the scholarship and was fortunate to receive the award.
Today he is a Public Health Specialist working as a District Health Officer in Fort Portal Western Uganda, and is the current President of the Madhvani Foundation Scholarships Alumni Association.
Mr Mugahi described Madhvani philanthropy as the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money and other forms of support to good causes.
The Scholarship Sub Committee Chairman, Anthony Butele, urged the students to apply for the scholarship saying the application process is transparent and the beneficiaries are selected on merit as long as they have the requirements as stipulated on the application form.
“I would like to encourage gifted but financially challenged students to apply for scholarships in the 2018-2019 to study at any University,” said Mr Butele.
The Application form for the 2018/2019 Scholarship can be freely downloaded from the Foundation website at www.madhvanifoundation.com and hand delivered to Madhvani Scholarship secretariat – Muljibhai Madhvani Foundation offices, Plot No. 96-98, Business Park, 5th street, Industrial Area, Kampala .The closing date for submission of completed forms is the 31st May 2018.