The University of Nairobi and the Rotary club of Nairobi on Friday morning; October 28, 2016 signed an MoU to support the University’s needy students that are government sponsored.
The students to benefit will be drawn from the School of Business, Law, Economics and Information Technology. The fund is known as Rotary Club of Nairobi Scholarship Fund.
This bursary is a collaboration of the Asian Commercial Community Academic Award (ACCAA) and the Rotary club of Nairobi. The bursary will help the needy students who have qualified for government sponsored University education but cannot support themselves financially. The Special Students Advisor section and the Academic Division of the University will assist in vetting the bright, needy students who deserve the support.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi welcomed the initiative saying that partnerships come in to fill gaps, and this is one of the critical gaps that will be filled. He said that when students are encouraged to perform highly and get incentives, there will be change not only in the University but also the whole of Kenya. He said that as the VC and Chair of the Management, he is willing to support the students that will be beneficiaries of this initiative because this is one of the mandates of the University.
Mr. David Githongo, Chairman, Rotary Club of Nairobi said that Universities are drivers of progress in a country. He said that Universities need partners who can come in and pick a student and support. He urged other stakeholders to partner in this
“I hope that other partners will come in and support students because the government can do so much. We all need to put a hand in improving the quality of education in our country,” he said.
Mr. Romy Madan,Trustee, ACCAA, said that it is critical that the funds go into supporting the really needy and deserving students. He emphasized that continuance in participating in the scheme is determined by an excellent academic performance. There will be an annual review of the student’s performance.
The bursary supports undergraduate students from first year to the last while mentoring the students on community service and giving back to the community.
The Rotary club of Nairobi Scholarship Fund will be available in January 2017.
Present during the ceremony was Prof. Godfrey Muriuki, Special Student Advisor, Mr. B.M. Waweru, Academic Registrar and Mr. Johnson Kinyua, Director, University Advancement among others.
Courtesy of uonbi.ac.ke