This year marks 10 years since the Madhvani Foundation Scholarship scheme was re-launched in 2003 and the Foundation is celebrating this milestone by giving away scholarships worth Ushs650 million. The scheme which was briefly halted in 1972-2003 due to the political instability brought on by Idi Amin’s regime has educated over 1,300 Ugandan students in both science and technical University courses.
Speaking at the celebrations to mark a decade since the re-launch, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Hon John C. Muyingo commended the Foundation’s continued commitment to invest in the lives of young Ugandans who would otherwise have struggled to attain higher education. “On behalf of the Ministry of Education, I would like to thank the Madhvani Foundation for the tremendous support they have rendered to the education sector in Uganda and for the role they have played and are continuing to play in the transformation of Uganda’s socio-economic landscape. The passion they have for their community has been witnessed by us all from year to year through their sponsorship package which has steadily increased from Ush300 million in 2003 to Ushs650 million in 2013.”
“The Government of Uganda is willing to work with socially responsible companies such as the Madhvani Group which has made it their duty to give back to the Ugandan community through educating the youth most especially in science and technical courses which the President identified as detrimental for this country’s development.” He added
Announcing the launch of the scholarships, Madhvani Foundation Board member, Dr Jack Luyombya said. “The Madhvani Foundation scholarship scheme was established as a way of honouring the vision of the Madhvani family Patriach Muljibhai Madhvani. At the heart of this vision is a desire to see a scheme that nurtures brilliant youth to fulfill their potential and reinvest their knowledge, skills and experience in programs that will positively benefit others. The scheme has a focus on giving back to Uganda and strives to inspire and nurture its beneficiaries to fulfill their dreams over and above the pursuit of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.”
He continued, “It is with immense pleasure that we announce the opening of the Madhvani Foundation Scholarships for the academic year 2013/2014. Ushs650 million will this year go towards these scholarships as we mark 10 years since the fund was re-launched in 2003.”
In the past 10 years, the Foundation has established a nationwide footprint that has supported students from as far as Gulu University in Northern Uganda to Mountains of the Moon University in Western Uganda, it is a two time award winner (2011 and 2012) of the prestigious Patrice Lumumba award by the Uganda Universities Union of Guild Parliaments, formed an Alumni Association in 2009 for the purpose of networking among the alumni and has held annual entrepreneurial and career skills trainings for all the MF alumni.
In conclusion Dr. Luyombya said the Foundation continues to set the pace for philanthropy in the private sector and would like to invite all those that meet the requirements of this scholarship to apply. The process has always been and will remain transparent and the Scholarship committee will exercise its due diligence taking into consideration the need of the applicant.
Application forms for the Scholarships can be downloaded for free from the foundation website at www.madhvanifoundation.com or bought for Shs2,000 from The Muljibhai Madhvani Foundation plot no. 96-98, Business park, 5th street, Industrial area.
The closing date for submission of completed forms is the 31st of May 2013.