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Immediate former officials of the Educate Your Own (EYO) Initiative pose with their certificates of appreciated presented to them on Friday, August 3. From left: Anderson Karige (IR Senior), Alexia Lukangu (Finance Sophomore), Almasi Odhiambo (IBA Junior), Natalina Makur (Accounting Senior), Patricia Naanyu (IBA Junior), Lubna Elmahdy (IR Senior), Prudence Nzaro (IR Senior) and Jimmy Lomuru (IR Senior). PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Lubna Elmahdy & Antonio Longangi

On Friday, August 1, the student fundraising initiative - Educate Your Own (EYO) - held its second annual appreciation luncheon, celebrating the efforts of the organization and its donors in helping students, in need of financial support, pay a portion of their tuition.

In line with its mission of reducing the rate of student dropouts from the University, EYO has been supporting students in need, by raising funds through various activities that engage the entire USIU-Africa community. Indeed this semester, EYO awarded a KES 50,000 grant to each of the five students selected.

In her remarks, Deputy Vice Chancellor - Academic and Student Affairs Amb. Prof. Ruthie Rono hailed the efforts of student EYO members and the rest of the university community who have supported the initiative by donating or offering assistance during EYO’s fund raising activities.


Since its inception in 2015, EYO has supported 21 students selected through a rigorous process, facilitated by the Financial Aid Office. The selection criteria incorporates a matrix that is informed by the financial need of the applicants and their potential contribution to the university community and the world in general. Applicants must undergo a rigorous interview, to ascertain financial need and societal impact.  Offers of grants are then made depending on the funds available.

The luncheon also marked the departure of the executive team led by Ms. Lubna Elmahdy (International Relations Senior) and ascension of the new team chaired by Ms. Martina Kasuku (Psychology Junior).