Report to Global Giving (July 2015)
Once again, our 15 scholars have made solid progress towards earning their degrees. The highlight of last quarter was Maryam’s graduation. Maryam is the first of our scholars to have completed her BSc degree at Adamawa State University in Nigeria.
A thankful Maryam wrote to us:
I am a single parent with an elderly mother and six children. They all depend on my paltry income to cover all our household expenses, including the children’s school fees, family medical bills, rent, utilities, and my own tuition costs. Because of a lack of income two of my children had to drop out of school for one term because my mother was hospitalized for 3 months. Most of my salary went into saving her life. Thank God, she recovered. As I could not pay my rent for 2 months, my landlord threatened to evict me. I considered abandoning my studies so my children could continue their education uninterrupted. But my lecturers and colleagues intervened. They encouraged me to apply for the Dowswell scholarship. The scholarship boosted my confidence and morale. I remember so well receiving my first scholarship payment which coincided with my landlord’s eviction deadline. The scholarship has also given me the opportunity to interact with farmers and, the more I interacted with them, I realized they had so much experience and innovation which could be developed to assist other farmers. None of this would have been possible without the scholarship. So I wish to thank WINROCK/SAFE and their staff for granting me the scholarship. I hope to make the best use of the knowledge I have obtained. Long live WINROCK/SAFE and the Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Program.
The scholarship has launched a new application season and we expect the number of scholars to double during the next academic quarter.
April 2015 Report for Global Giving
During the second year of the Christopher Dowswell Scholarship program all fifteen scholars are making good progress. Five scholars are in their second academic year. In this second year the Fund provides a laptop for each scholar to help them research as much information as possible. In Ethiopia, a laptop was hand delivered to Ms. Gedamu, a scholar at Bahir Dar University. We are pleased to relay her thank you note to all supporters of the Dowswell Fund.
“Yesterday, I received an HP Laptop that you send me with the help of Dr. Mutimba.
I would like to say thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Really, I admire your true support. It is unbelievable. God bless you! I have not any better words, which explain my feelings.”
I have completed this semester course. Then, I will send my results as soon as the university will give me these. Thank you very much!”
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.
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