By Martin Musunka
A CANADIAN education trust has awarded scholarships to four Zambian students to pursue their academic careers at various institutions in Zambia.
The successful candidates who were recommended to the Masomo Education Foundation board of directors, based in Canada, are Chisanga Kambole Puta, Dexter Phiri, Ruth Mukupa and Handros Nyirongo.
Releasing the names of the successful candidates, Masomo Foundation selection committee chairperson Patrick Brennan said Puta and Phiri are currently enrolled at the Copperbelt University where Puta is pursuing a BSc in clinical medicine and Phiri is enrolled to read business, marketing and administration.
Mr Brennan said Mukupa would continue her studies at the Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies while Nyirongo would use his scholarship to study medicine at Lusaka Apex Medical University.
The successful candidates were recommended to the board of the Masomo Foundation by a select committee chaired by Mr Brennan, executive director of the Institute for the Study of International Development at Canada’s famed McGill University.
Other members of the selection committee are Keith Monrose who serves as dean, International and Partnerships at Ontario’s Mohawk College, Caroline King, holder of a London University Master of Laws degree who serves as an arbitrator with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and Oxford educated Rhodes scholar Sebastian Kopulande who is also Zambian International Trade and Investment Centre chief executive officer.
In reaching their decision, the selection committee looked at the overall quality of the applications in addition to the academic performance, leadership/aspiration, financial need and the completeness of the application as evidenced by quality of writing, organisation of thoughts, references, and robustness of the purpose statement.
Mr Brennan said in a statement that: “The quality and volume of applicants for the 2016 Masomo Scholarships was truly impressive. It was not easy to choose the four successful candidates. The candidates chosen are excelling in their fields and will make significant contributions to the future development of Zambia. Best of luck to each of them.”
The Masomo Education Foundation was formed in 2002 with the objective of providing scholarships to deserving young men and women to study at colleges and universities in Zambia.
Masomo scholarships are awarded on merit, based on the criteria indicated above.
Over the past seven years the foundation has supported 21 Zambian students, spending over US$35,765 on scholarships and grants. – Story courtesy of SUMA SYSTEMS.