The East African Development Bank (EADB) held two farewell events at the Serena Hotel, Nairobi and Kampala, for winners of this year’s education scholarships under the EADB/AAI STEM scholarship programme. The winners of the prominent scholarship are: Mr. Edward Mureka, (Kenya), Mr. Barnabas Wafula, (Kenya), Mr. Denish Akuom (Kenya), Mr. Chris Mbae, (Kenya) and Ms. Miriam Kabagorobya (Uganda).
They will all undertake a one-year Master’s Degree at Rutgers University in the United States.
The Scholarships are competitively awarded to experienced Teachers and Lecturers of tertiary institutions, secondary schools, and polytechnics, who have at least 3 years full-time teaching experience. They must be university graduates, hold a First Class/Upper Second Honours Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Sciences or Engineering, be under 40 years of age and a citizen of the EADB Member States: Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. They must also be working full-time in public, government owned, educational institutions, have interest in pursuing a graduate degree in the STEM fields in the United States and be committed to returning to their home country to teach in a public government owned institution
This year’s winners have been selected from nearly 300 applicants across the EADB Member States of Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, who competed for a few select spaces.
Speaking at the event, Ms. Vivienne Yeda, Director General of the East African Development Bank, said that “This scholarship program will go a long way in helping to increase the number of qualified academics in the STEM fields and strengthen the workforce across science, engineering and technology related employment in East Africa.”
“The EADB and AAI warmly congratulate this year’s winners as they have successfully navigated a long and challenging selection process.” Ms. Yeda added.
The EADB scholarship aims to maximize the impact of EADB’s investment into the higher education sector by granting scholarships to accomplished lecturers who have agreed to return to their East African universities and continue teaching after they have received their graduate degree at Rutgers University.
The fully-funded EADB graduate level scholarships will provide full tuition, room and living expenses, within a stipulated budget.