In his remarks, the Chairman Madhvani Foundation Scholarship Committee, Hon Anthony Butele expressed his appreciation for the students who value the foundation scholarship opportunity.
“When we recruit students every year, we are critical of their performance and integrity, our expectation is always to see them succeed and also perform excellently because they are tomorrow’s citizens of this nation,” Butele said.
He then added: “I want to congratulate them and also urge them to participate actively in the Madhvani Foundation Alumni Association in order to encourage the rest who come after them”.
The students who include Birabwa Joanita, Acana Miriam, Akakwasa Arthur, Emwogu Thomas and Mugisha Farida successfully completed their courses and graduated recently.
They were awarded with membership certificates of the Madhvani Foundation Alumni Association by the vice chairman Emmanuel Ngolobe at the Madhvani Group offices today.
The Madhvani Foundation Scholarship has been in operation since 2003/04 academic year with the primary objective of maintaining and promoting scientific and technical education among the people of Uganda.
It supports both under and post graduate underprivileged Ugandan students who prove themselves academically.
The scholarship covers tuition fees only from second year to completion for undergraduates; and for the entire program of study for the post graduate students from the time of the award.
Over 150 university students were taken on this year with a Foundation scholarship worth Shs 650m. The Award break down was 135 undergraduate and 17 postgraduate scholarships to students from across the country and the analysis indicated an 11% increase in beneficiaries from Eastern Uganda between 2012/13 and 2013/14 making them the highest recipients of this year’s awards with 53 slots (representing 35% of the total).
Recipients from Central region came in second with 42 slots, Northern region with 31 slots and Western region which had the most slots last year got 26 positions this year.
“We look forward to having your contribution to the Madhvani Foundation and Uganda as a nation as you start on your work journey. There is so much you can pass on to the next generation to make Uganda’s professional fraternity a pride,” Butele said.
Butele further noted that in the Alumni Association “we have career development activities to motivate and empower both Madhvani Foundation students and graduates, offering a platform for employment opportunities; talent identification and development and inspiration”.
The Madhvani Foundation Alumni Association (MASS) is a voluntary organisation made up of former beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme.
The association was launched in July 2009 with a purpose of bringing together all former students who have successfully completed their studies for networking opportunities.