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University don urges students to pursue available scholarships



Students in institutions of higher learning have been encouraged to be on the lookout for local and international scholarships to further their education.

Mount Kenya University’s Principal Corporate Services and Communication, Prof Peter Wanderi says apart from the well know government funding agency for students, the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), there are many other organizations willing to sponsor bright university students to attain their education qualifications.

He singled out the National Government’s Affirmative Action Fund, County government bursaries, Constituency Development Funds (CDF) and private Education Trust Funds (ETFs) such as Saale Gobanai, Saku Forum, Turuya, Rattansi, Oxfam, Oshwal and Care International, among others urging those in need to purse the same.

“There are also Non-governmental Organizations such as Chalbi Scholars and Direct Aid Kenya as well as multinational organizations such as the Danish Refugee council who offer such scholarships,” he said.

Prof Wanderi spoke at the just concluded three-day Second International Conference on Peace, Security and Social Enterprise hosted by MKU at the Mwai Kibaki Convention Centre in Thika town.

Mku Co-founder Dr. Jane Nyutu presents the Chairman of the University Council, Prof. David Serem with a gift at the end of the peace conference.

The conference brought together about 1,000 stakeholders in government and private sector with the aim of creating focus on best paradigms needed to entrench peace, security, socio-economic and political development.

To further boost financial aid to students at MKU, the institution has created a charitable arm, the Mount Kenya University Foundation, located at the institution’s main campus in Thika town, to harness public and private support for the advancement of the training, research and community outreach mandates of the university.

“The mission of the foundation is to advocate and support the advancement of higher education in MKU by obtaining, investing, and administering grants and prudently discharging its fiduciary obligations to the university, donors, and designated beneficiaries,” Prof Wanderi said,

Earlier this year, the foundation advertised for scholarship opportunities to all students studying across all MKU campuses in Kenya valued at Sh5 million.

“The foundation provides a structured avenue for alumni, friends, corporations, institutions and philanthropists to give gifts and donations,” he added.

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