The fifteen women who received funding through the Christopher Dowswell scholarship program continue to make satisfactory academic progress. In preparation of the upcoming academic year a special effort will be made in Ethiopia in order to make the availability of scholarships better known among female extension agents. We acknowledge the generous support from several donors and aim at adding at least ten more scholars during the second portion of 2015. Your support will have a broad impact as these scholars will be able to apply what they have learned to improve agricultural practices in their communities. This will lead to increased production and incomes and will help address the issues of poverty and hunger.
We are pleased to share with you that the five 2013 Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund awardees have made satisfactory progress during their first academic year. Moreover, in September, 10 additional scholars were selected, bringing the total number of Dowswell scholars to 15. The new awardees are: Mrs. Keita, Mrs. Niare, and Mrs. Dembele for a Bachelor of Science degree in Mali; Mrs. Berthe, Mrs. Karambe, Mrs. Togo, and Mrs. Diarra for a diploma degree in Mali; Mrs. Sati, Mrs. Iember and Mrs. Regina for a Bachelor of Science degree in Nigeria. We are grateful for the generous support from our donors. Your donations will allow us to double the number of Dowswell scholars during the next calendar year.
The five 2013 awardees (Mrs. Ayele in Ethiopia, Mrs. Sy in Mali, Mrs. Koné in Mali, Mrs. Traore in Mali and Mrs. Bukar in Nigeria) continue to make very satisfactory progress to their degrees and/or diplomas.
The Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund (Fund) has announced that new applications are welcome. Specific instructions can be found on the website: www.christopherdowswellscholarshipfund.org.
We are very pleased to announce that Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) pledged an USD 10,000 annual contribution to the Fund. For the academic year 2014-2015, the Fund aims at tripling the number of scholarships. The Sasakawa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) will sponsor one of the scholars to attend the World Agricultural Forum in Ames, Iowa during the first week of October.
Women advising Women Farmers (May 23, 2014) By Henk Knipscheer - Senior Fellow
The five 2013 awardees (Mrs. Ayele in Ethiopia, Mrs. Sy in Mali, Mrs. Koné in Mali, Mrs. Traore in Mali and Mrs. Bukar in Nigeria) have completed the first six months of their studies successfully.
Presently, the Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund (Fund) is preparing for the announcement and selection of the 2014 scholars. In order to make the scholarship availability known to as wide an audience as possible, a scholarship website has been developed. The website address is: www.christopherdowswellscholarshipfund.org. The University of Central Arkansas located in Conway, Arkansas, was very instrumental in this effort. Applications for new scholarships are welcome from June 1 through July 15, 2014. For the academic year 2014-2015, the Fund aims at tripling the number of scholarships.
The Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund is managed by a group of dedicated volunteers in order to minimize the costs of management and administration and maximize the use of the Fund for the support of women farmers in Africa.
Women advising Women Farmers (February 28, 2014) By Henk Knipscheer - Senior Fellow
The five awardees (Mrs. Ayele in Ethiopia, Mrs. Sy In Mali, Mrs. Koné in Mali, Mrs. Traore in Mali and Mrs. Bukar in Nigeria) have all enrolled at their universities. Mrs. Ayele already received formal notification of the successful completion of her first semester, while all the others expect a similar confirmation in March.
In collaboration with the University of Central Arkansas, Winrock is developing a Website for the Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund. The purpose of collaboration is the development a fully functioning and user-friendly website that (a) provides general information about the Fund, (b) allows an easily accessible method of applying for scholarships from the Fund, and (c) will encourage additional support. The Website will be functional before May 31, 2014
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