The Madhvani Foundation has released the shortlist of candidates due for interviews for the Madhvani Foundation scholarships 2015-2016. This comes after a month long application period during the month of April and a vigilant selection process in the month of May 2015.
Making the announcement in a press release today, the Chairman of the scholarships committee, Mr. Gabriel Opio said the Foundation received over 1000 applications for scholarships and of these, 300 have been selected for interviews. “We expect to take on a bigger number of beneficiaries compared to last year because of the increase in the scholarship Fund by 50 million shillings to make 700 million for the scholarship package this year. Our aim is to encourage and enable science scholars to pursue the much needed disciplines for Uganda’s Labor market. We realized that many underprivileged and yet academically brilliant students couldn’t afford these expensive courses. With this boost we hope to give more opportunity to the academically gifted students” he added.
Interviews for the shortlisted candidates will be held from 13th July to 17th July, 2015 at Makerere University Kampala, Academic Registrar’s Building (Senate Building), Board Room Level VI, between 8:30a.m and 6:00p.m.
The candidates are expected to appear for the interviews at the exact times indicated on the list which is available for viewing in the website www.madhvanifoundation.com and at the foundation offices at plot 96-98 Fifth street industrial area.
Mr. Roni Madhvani the Director Madhvani Group, cautioned prospective candidates to watch out for acts of fraud following reports that unscrupulous individuals were selling application forms for Shs50,000 and promising to get students onto the shortlist for Shs200,000. “As a Foundation we conduct our affairs very transparently and do not tolerate any form of canvassing. During the application period our forms are sold for a stationery fee of only Shs2,000 shillings at our offices in Industrial Area, while on the website they can be downloaded for free” He urged anyone who has been asked for or paid more than Shs2,000 for the forms to report the matter and contact the Foundation offices immediately so that they can fortify their case with the police where the Foundation has already opened a criminal file based on the unfortunate reports”. He continued “educational fraud is a matter we take very seriously because it negatively impacts on the generous work the Foundation has done and is still doing “.
The Madhvani Foundation Scholarship programme is 12 years now, with a disbursement of over 4 billion shillings to support over 2,000 Ugandan students studying both scientific and technical courses. The earmarked science and technical disciplines for sponsorship include Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Actuarial Science, Architecture, Veterinary Medicine, Commerce, Hotel Management, Pharmacy, Nursing, Engineering, Food Science & Technology, Information Technology, Environment, and Medicine. The students eligible for the scholarships are needy undergraduate students, who have completed first year of studies at a Ugandan University; and graduate applicants who have been either admitted and/or registered for graduate programmes.