8th Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony

schorlarshipawardTheme: In faith together for transformative leadership

The 8th Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony took place on 25th September 2013 at the University’s Missio Hall, Lang’ata Campus. The guest of honour was Mr. Bernard Malenya, Ag. Director, Directorate of Higher Education, Ministry of Education Science and Technology. The award ceremony was also attended by Ms. Catherine Kgechu, Relationship Manager, Commercial Bank of Africa; invited guests from K-rep Bank, Chase Bank and Equity Bank;

DVC Administration, Rev. Prof. Juvenalis Baitu; Dean of Students, Mr. Gideon Maina; Deputy Dean of Students, Sr. Dr. Lucy Kimaro; CUEA students and staff members.

Rev. Prof. Juvenalis Baitu, DVC Administration, addressed the guests on behalf of the Vice Chancellor. He remarked that this year, a total of one hundred and fifty three post graduate and undergraduate students are benefiting at seven million, from the University Tuition Grant and the Founders Scholarship. “We thank all the institutions and individual philanthropists and call upon other well wishers, to assist needy students so that they can achieve their dreams and realize their potential for the service of humanity.” Said Prof Baitu.

“You are the shepherd of your destiny. Every choice you make every day as a young person will determine what you will become. Said Mr. Bernard Malenya. He added that “this is an opportunity to thank God and appreciate that your University is a caring institution.” Mr. Malenya called on the students to work hard knowing that there are people in the society who care about our needs.

The climax of the event was the award giving ceremony. Representatives of the students received the scholarship awards from the Guest of Honour, Mr. Bernard Malenya, Ag Director, Directorate of Higher Education, Ministry of Education Science and Technology. The students also received scholarship award from the other invited guests from K-rep Bank, Chase Bank and Equity Bank.

Testimonial

Ms. Jemimah Moragwa Ogango, a fourth year, Bachelor of Law student at the University, gave a brief testimony on her life. Raised by a single mother, she is the first born in a family of four siblings. She completed her primary school education from Gekomu Primary School (a Diocese of Kisii sponsored school) in 2001 and scored 384 marks out of 500. Ms. Jemimah joined Nyabururu Girls High School in 2002, and obtained a mean grade of B in her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KSCE) exams.

Her mother who is a businesswoman in Kisii catered for Jemimah’s education expenses by selling charcoal and vegetables. However, after high school, it was difficult for her mother to meet Jemimah’s higher learning expenses since her siblings were in school too. In 2008 Jemimah’s maternal uncle offered to take her to college and advised her to apply for a loan from Higher Education Loans Board (HELB). She managed to get Kshs. 45,000.00 from HELB for the 2008/2009 academic year and joined CUEA in August 2008.

Barely a year later during the 2009 long holiday (May to August), Jemimah’s uncle who was a businessman exporting soapstone carvings encountered a major setback. As a result, she did not register for the 2009/2010 academic year. Lack of school fees prompted her to take an academic leave. This was a trying moment for Jemimah because her classmates were proceeding to the next level as she lagged behind. Her mother received a loan of Kshs. 50,000.00 from a chama and she resumed studies in August 2011. Additionally, Jemimah was awarded Kshs. 10,000.00 from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) kitty.

“I sincerely thank the University for the help I have been accorded particularly the Founders’ scholarship and foodstuffs from the Chaplaincy’s Office. Despite the fact that I owe the university a huge balance that exceeds Kshs. 250,000.00 I am optimistic that I will finish my law degree and further my education to the highest level.” Says Jemimah.

 

 

 

 

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