Madhvani Raises Shs700m for Campus Bursaries

Dr. Jack Luyombya Board Member Madhvani Foundation (L) and Mr. Gabriel Opio the Chairman Madhvani Foundation Scholarship Committee unveil the Shs700M scholarship programme for the year 2015/2016

The Archbishop of Church of Uganda Stanley Ntagali has condemned the increased murder cases in the country, approved the latest being the shooting of State Prosecutor Joan Kagezi on Monday evening in Kiwatule, website Kampala.

“Christianity abhors such evil acts. They are ungodly and unjustifiable. The perpetrators of these crimes must be brought to book, ask ” said Ntagali in his Easter message on Thursday evening.

Three men were gunned down in Lubaga on Monday morning while a mobile money agent was shot in Bunamwaya by unknown strangers as she returned home from her workplace in Kisenyi, Kampala.

A police officer was also killed when assailants raided a police post in Luweero district this week.

“God created all of us equally, life is God given and therefore no body has the mandate to kill others,” said Ntagali.

“We pray that those who are killing others repent and return back to the almighty because nobody is going to live forever.”

He added that there is a need for all Ugandans to have respect for human life.

Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura has since vowed to hunt down perpetrators of murders in the country.

“The murder of Joan Kagezi should only serve to increase our resolve to hunt down and bring to justice all those elements bent on disturbing the security and development of our country,” said Kayihura.
The Madhvani Foundation, information pills Uganda’s largest Private education trust, pills has launched its 2015/2016 scholarship scheme with a major announcement that the amount they will make available for scholarships in the coming year will increase by Shs50m.

This brings this year’s total up to Shs 700m to support the needy acquire education opportunities.

The boost is meant to cater for the more costly tuition fees for science and technical disciplines in the various Ugandan Universities.

Speaking at the 2015/2016 Madhvani Foundation Scholarship launch recently, Mr. Gabriel Opio, the Chairman Scholarship Committee, said “I am delighted to launch this year’s scholarship program and want to let you know that the Madhvani Foundation board found it crucial to increase the scholarship fund to encourage and enable science scholars to pursue the much needed disciplines for Uganda’s Labor market.

“We realize that many underprivileged and yet academically brilliant students cannot afford these expensive courses. With this boost we hope to give more opportunity to the academically gifted students”.

Since its reintroduction in 2003, the fund has donated over Shs4bn and supported over 2,000 Ugandan students studying both scientific and technical courses.

The earmarked science and technical disciplines for sponsorship include Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Actuarial Science, Architecture, Veterinary Medicine, Commerce, Hotel Management, Pharmacy, Nursing, Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Information Technology, Environment, and Medicine.

The students who are legible for the scholarship are undergraduate students who have completed first year of studies at a Ugandan University; and graduate applicants who have been either admitted and/or registered for graduate programmes.

Mr. Opio also commended the Madhvani Family’s for boosting the country’s education sector and supporting the needy.

“Uganda has for the longest time suffered shortage of labor and brain drain especially in the science and technology fields due to expensive educational costs for competitive science and technological courses and although other government organizations have come out to offer such scholarships to our students many times they study from those respective countries and required to practice there for specific periods of times leaving our country in lack of skilled practitioners,” he said.

“At the heart of the Foundation’s vision is a desire to see a scheme that nurtures brilliant youth to fulfill their potential and reinvest their knowledge, skills and experience in programs that will positively benefit others.” he added.

Mr Roni Madhvani commented on this year’s theme “Achieve your Ambitions” with an illustration of a lady driving a tractor:

“This year’s theme is based on female empowerment and agriculture. I believe that empowering women means empowering a nation and nurturing agriculture is giving birth to the future. A future of our motherland”.

One of the Madhvani Foundation Alumni Association members, Martin Muganzi the proprietor of Youth at Work Initiative Uganda (YAWI), an organization that seeks to address youth unemployment, gave an inspirational testimony to encourage the Alumni  to give back and make a positive impact in their communities.


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