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Report from the bursary committee 2011-2012:

Current Committee members are:

Ken Simiyu (Chair)
Leonard Wandili
Edith Wambayi
Japeth Kubati
Mwiswa Wakoli

 

Purpose of committee:

The activities of the committee are:
1.  Developing the criteria for disbursement of funds

  • They must be needy. Preference is given to orphans
  • Ratio of bursaries is given at approximately 4:1 girls: boys
  • Priority was given to AIDS / HIV –orphaned students though all needy students were considered.
  • Applicant demonstrated good performance in school.
  • Applicants were recommended by the headmasters/School principals
  • Awards to be evenly distributed in the four counties of western Kenya
  • Preference was given to students in form IV before those in Form III, II and I.

2.  Advertising the bursary (through Abeingo members, directly to schools, and through TITLIP)
3.  Vetting and selecting bursary recipients
4.  Disbursing the funds

 

Total amount received for bursary:

From a fundraising held in November 2011 4500 CAD dollars was set aside for the bursary. 300 dollars was spent on administration of the bursary. Members of Abeingo provided additional volunteer services including advertisement of the bursary. The 300 dollars was used to facilitate preparation of a video and other logistics while disbursing the funds.
The Chair of the bursary committee travelled to Kenya and gave out awards to the various schools.

 

2012 bursary recipients:

In 2011-2012, a total of 300 applications across the four countries of western province were received. Out of these, 14 individuals were awarded bursaries. The 14 bursaries issued are as follows:

Name School County Form Amount Kes
Phanice Anyona Ebusiloli Secondary School Vihiga 2 10,410
Faith Mutenyo St. Anne's Musoli Girl's Secondary Busia 2 24,100
Patience Nekesa St. Augustine's Soysambu Kakamega 2 12,000
Pamela Juma St. Peter's Ndalu Secondary Bungoma 4 17,000
Mumali Nivali Friends School Kimugui Bungoma 4 25,893
Anthony Chemiati Friends High School Bokoli Bungoma 4 38,722
Geoffrey Kutoto Buchifu Mixed Sec. School Kakamega 2 13,930
Christine Achieng St Mary's Mumias Girls High Kakamega 1 30,600
Brian William Nakhungu St Peter's Lubanga Secondary Kakamega 2 28,300
Richard Mukhwana St Peter's Maliki Secondary School Bungoma 1 37,800
Valera Akinyi Moi Forces Lanet High School Vihiga 2 39,000
TOTAL

 

 

 

Kes: 277,755
TITLIP

 

 

 

 
Faith Khaemba Namirama Girls Secondary Bungoma 1 8,000
Emmanuel Sitini St. Anthony's Boys High School Bungoma 2 25,500
Beatrice Nyongesa Matulo High School Bungoma 3 12,000
Lillian  Nderitu Lugulu Girls High School Bungoma 3 39,000
TITLIP TOTAL    

 

Kes: 84,500

 

Other issues that influenced the committee in selecting award recipients:

There were several issues that the committee considered when awarding these scholarships:

1. Capturing HIV orphans:

The bursary was established with the main objective of assisting HIV orphans. The committee therefore decided to set aside special bursaries for organizations that deal with HIV orphans. A notional 1000 dollars was set aside for this. In 2011-2012 TITLIP was identified as the only beneficiary of this award.

2. Last Year's beneficiaries:

The committee decided to automatically re-enroll recipients of the bursaries in 2010-2011 academic year. It is the intention of the bursary committee to ensure that all bursary recipients who upheld good academic and moral standards are supported through their entire academic life.

3. The need to clear fees for an entire academic year:

One of the strategic objectives that the bursary committee considered was the need to enable students complete an academic year based on the funding. It was felt that offering piece meal bursaries which would not be adequate to keep the student in school was going to be a waste of money. Because of the  support, students can now complete school and the only way of doing this was to pay the entire amount of fees for selected students.

4. The need to balance need and academic performance:
The committee noted that students admitted to National schools are likely to perform better than students in District schools. Such students in National schools are likely to end up joining universities. On the other hand, the bursary’s main objective is to empower needy students, enable them to have education so that they can make informed choices in life, especially with regards to HIV prevention. In addition, fees for National schools are about four or five times that for district schools. A compromise had to be found which meant selecting one student based in a National school with the rest of the funding going to students in district schools.

 

Overview of the process:

1. Large number of applicants:

The committee noted that there was significant publicity for the scholarships last year. The committee wants to congratulate Abeingo/INUA members for helping get the word out. The committee also acknowledged the effort of TITLIP both in spreading the word about the applications and facilitating both the transfer of forms to INUA (where applicants were unable to scan them).

2. Reduction in bureaucracy:

As a result of experience gained from 2010, the committee decided to streamline the process of application for the bursaries. It was decided that the committee will only require an application from the candidate and a recommendation from the school principal (with evidence of good performance).

 

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