KAMPALA – Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF) is set to double scholarships for female students from 20 to 40 slots with a comprehensive package. This was revealed by the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Prof. William Bazeyo during the FSF Resource Mobilisation Dinner which took place on 6th December 2019 at Kampala Serena Hotel, Victoria Hall.
“Starting next academic year, Makerere University will provide 40 scholarships to bright female students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The University has been providing 20 scholarships tagged to the only tuition. Makerere University will double the scholarship slots, and also cater for both tuition and functional fees for the successful applicants. This offer will run for a period of five (5) years,” said Prof. William Bazeyo while representing the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.
In line with the theme of the Resource Mobilisation Drive, “Drop a coin and forever change a life,” the Guest of Honour, the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni contributed UGX 20 million while UGX 63million was raised in cash and pledges from individuals during the dinner.
Prior to the Friday Dinner, the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD) with support from FSF Alumni who felt the need to give back to Makerere University for giving them an opportunity to acquire university education had raised UGX 30 million.
The ongoing FSF Resource Mobilisation Drive targets raising 15 billion shillings to enable 500 bright female students, but from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds to access education at Makerere University in the next ten (10) years. The FSF Resource Mobilisation Dinner is one of the platforms highlighted in the robust fundraising strategy being implemented by the Makerere University Gender Mainstreaming Directorate.
In a speech read by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, the Minister of Education and Sports applauded Makerere University and individuals of goodwill for contributing generously to the Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation aimed at empowering the girl-child through access to university education.
“Education is globally recognized as one of the factors of development therefore, Makerere University through the Female Scholarship Foundation contributes to the development of Uganda since women and girls sustain the productivity of a nation,” said Hon. Kataaha Museveni.
She recognized the efforts of the Government of Uganda through programmes such as the Universal Primary Education (UPE), Universal Secondary Education (USE) and Skilling Uganda aimed at increasing access to education and ensuring that the girl child attains quality education.
In total support of this noble cause, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Oulanyah rallied Ugandans to always help other people to live their potential. Leading by example, Rt. Hon. Oulanyah, a proud alumnus of Makerere University pledged UGX 10 million. “I was at Makerere University many years back. Makerere University made me. It shaped me. I call upon you, to always remember that in every situation we must build for the future. We must adapt the virus of Helping Other People Live their Potential-the HPLP virus,” he remarked.
Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF) was born out of the Female Scholarship Initiative (FSI) established at Makerere University in 2001 with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and later in 2005 by the Government of Sweden through SIDA. The goal of FSF is to support bright female students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds to access university education thus contributing to the increased female enrollment at the University.
According to the Director, Gender Mainstreaming Directorate, Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine, the Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF) has enabled 1,160 Ugandan women to obtain University Education at Makerere. She noted that the Resource Mobilisation dinner is one of the ways of renewing Makerere University’s and stakeholders’ efforts to sustain the Scholarships through mobilizing resources nationally and internationally.
“Helping others, especially those less disadvantaged than us is one of the key virtues that define us as human beings. We appreciate all the various partners who have supported us since 2001 and we appeal to you to donate generously for the cause of empowerment of women through university education. We pledge our commitment to utilize whichever resources we will generate and those generated for the purpose for which they have been mobilized and we shall do it with integrity and transparency,” said Dr. Baine.
Dr. Jessica Norah Aguti, Chairperson of the GMD Scholarship Selection Committee commended the Guest of Honor, University Management, alumni and well-wishers for honoring the invitation to the FSF Resource Mobilisation Dinner. “With your presence, you have demonstrated that you support Makerere University’s strides to support young women to access university education.”
Speaking at the same function, Ms. Agnes Baluka, on behalf of the 1,160 female students who have been supported so far through the Female Scholarship Initiative (FSI) and Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF), applauded Makerere University, development partners and individuals for giving them a worthwhile gift in the form of University education that has transformed their lives and the lives of other people.
The overjoyed Ms. Baluka shared that after her graduation, she embarked on a career journey in the academia that enabled her to educate her siblings, educate other female students who were struggling with fees at the Secondary and University levels as well active participation in community programmes.