This is a campaign that focuses on inculcating a culture of giving among USIU-Africa community. The campaign targets University Leadership, Staff & Faculty, Alumni, Parents and Friends of the University.
The campaign is scheduled from 24th February to 27th March 2020. As we inculcate a culture of giving at USIU-Africa, we target to raise Kes 10 million and enroll 10,000 donors during this campaign.
The campaign will spearhead giving around key areas that are centered around students' academic experiences and opportunities (student scholarships, student mobility and Research)
a) STUDENT ACCESS
i. Educate Your Own (EYO) – A transformative student led initiative whose overall goal is achieving a zero dropout rate among continuing USIU-Africa students experiencing financial constraints by awarding 25-50% scholarship grant. Currently, EYO has raised over Kes 2.7 Million and supported 63 students since its inception in 2015
ii. Freida Brown Scholarship Fund – An endowment fund named after Prof. Freida Brown, who has served USIU-Africa for 21 years. The fund targets to raise Kes 500,000 to support and provide scholarships to Africa’s 500 most talented young men and women to study STEM disciplines at USIU-Africa by raising Kshs.500 million by 2021.
iii. Alumni Endowment Fund –With the vast pool of about 19,000 alumni, the Alumni Endowment Fund reconnects USIU-A alumni with their alma mater and provides a platform upon which they can support the University’s resource mobilization processes as outlined in its strategic plan of 2015-2020. This Fund is intended to grow and be endowed up to a certain interest margin which would then be invested in the lives of deserving students, at USIU-Africa, in perpetuity. The long term goal therefore, is to contribute towards the global education agenda (SDG 4) while impacting education in Africa and society at large.
b) STUDENT MOBILIZATION
i. Student Exchange programs – Through international immersion, USIU-Africa’s students acquire a global perspective through a multi-faceted approach to learning that ensures the students compete globally.
ii. Academic tours and Conferences - Through Educational Tours & conferences, USIU-A students get to experience interactive learning as well as enhanced exposure hence the students obtain practical learning information for better academic performance.
Academic Research – The University takes pride in innovative research oriented programs which informs and expands the state of knowledge in fields of social science, technology, entrepreneurship as well as medical sciences. This is through collaborative partnership with other institutions and research organizations. For example, Pharmacy students will have the necessary resources to enhance and facilitate their research, contributing to the medical sector.
During the second week after school opens, EYO scholarship is advertised for USIU-Africa students to apply. Thereafter, a review on all applicants is done based on GPA and level of need. The shortlisted applicants are invited for an interview on and thereafter awarded based of the availability of funds and the applicant’s level of need.
Applications for the next round of scholarships is ongoing (from 17th – 30th January 2020).
The EYO endowment fund is a lump sum amount of money raised and invested through a financial institution. The fund’s return on investment is used to support EYO scholarships. The Endowment Fund targets to raise Kes 10 million to yield a return on investment of Kes 1 million annually that will support at least 20 students every year in perpetuity.
The monies raised will not be used to run the university but will support students directly. The EYO scholarship’s primary aim is to ensure that every USIU–Africa student realizes their full potential through uninterrupted education and is not limited due to financial constraints. Your contribution will ensure that the number of students who drop out due to financial difficulties decreases.
Yes! During the campaign all monies raised passes through University financial management system and reported on a weekly basis. We usually share our information through campus this week on our USIU-A website. Further specific information can be accessed and facilitated through the fundraising office.
You can support through the following ways: