Margaret Sanders AISA Scholarship for African Girls

Margaret Sanders AISA Scholarship

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Elementary / Secondary
Provider: Sandra Baird & Warren Carlson (via AISA Scholarship Fund)
Country to Study in: Any country

Scholarship Description
Across Africa there are many talented and academically gifted girl students who are unable to complete their schooling due to a variety of social, economic and/or cultural reasons. Key among these is a lack of financial support.

The Margaret Sanders AISA (Association of International Schools in Africa) Scholarship for Girls seeks to work with participating AISA Full Member Schools to offer one or more annual scholarships to deserving female students.

This is a multiyear scholarship that is intended to defray a range of incidental expenses associated with the recipient girl’s successful passage to graduation. These expenses may vary from school to school.

Eligibility for Participation
Financial support for this scholarship is available to AISA Full Member schools only.

The participating school is responsible for identifying and processing applications from female students who are first country nationals residing in countries where the school is located. There is no age restriction for this scholarship but candidates will normally be secondary school students (Grade 9-12). Support for students commencing earlier than grade 9 will be considered under exceptional circumstances.

A participating school must be prepared to make a long term commitment to the scholarship student and to the administrative aspects of the AISA Scholarship for Girls. These are outlined later in this document.

Individual students cannot apply to AISA directly for this scholarship

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY African country (attending ANY AISA Full Member school)

Participating Institutions
All accredited elementary and/or secondary schools within the geographical region served by AISA.For more information on AISA schools AND for the current AISA Full School Members, see the official AISA Full School Members page.

Fields of study
Courses taught at the elementary and/or secondary levels of education

Number of awards
Not specified by provider. However, depending on the quality of the applications, the number of scholarships already allocated to previous recipients, and therefore the funds available, the AISA Board may decide to support more than one application in a given year or none at all. AISA will inform its membership by May 15th of its decision or, in the case where no scholarships are to be considered, at the start of the school year (August 31st).

Sponsorship duration
This annual scholarships will last throughout the duration of the student's education.

The student’s studies must be completed within the timeframe indicated on the application form submitted by the participating school to the AISA Board. AISA bears no responsibility for the progress (academic or otherwise) of the student.

There will be no extensions of the scholarship period unless specific application is made to the AISA Board before March 15th of the current year of study. Each application for an extension will be considered on a case by case basis.

Scholarship benefits
The value of the scholarship to be allocated per annum per school for all scholarships will be determined by the AISA Board of Directors. Once an amount has been determined for a particular scholarship AISA will strive to maintain that amount for the entire tenure of the scholarship. The scholarship providers would like to support as many girls in their education as possible in the AISA region. Schools are therefore encouraged to request the minimum amount needed to support the applicant.

Participating schools are expected to cover all the core costs associated with the student’s education year on year until graduation.

The value of any single scholarship will not exceed US$2000 per annum.

Method of Application
Application for the AISA Scholarship for Girls is a two step process:

Step 1: At the Participating School:
Each participating school will publicize the scholarship opportunity within their local community.

Applicants must complete an initial application process designed and implemented by the participating school.

The participating school will select one candidate for the Margaret Sanders AISA Scholarship for Girls which they will submit to the AISA office by no later than March 15th prior to the school year during which the scholarship will commence.The completed submission from the participating school to AISA must clearly indicate:
  • Full details of the candidate girl’s application to the school along with any support documents that may be pertinent.
  • A written assurance from the head of the school indicating the school’s willingness to commit to supporting the candidate’s education until graduation (Contingent of the scholarship holder meeting all of the participating school’s graduation requirements).
  • The number of years the school expects support from the Margaret Sanders AISA Scholarships for the candidate.
  • The annual amount the school will contribute (in cash or kind) towards the candidate’s education (optional).
Download and complete the Application Form here.

Step 2: At the AISA Office
AISA will not process any applications received directly from candidates.

Duly completed submissions from participating schools received by AISA by the March 15th deadline will be sent to the AISA Board of Directors for evaluation. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

Applications can be posted, faxed or sent as digital documents as email attachments. The submission address is:

Margaret Sanders AISA Scholarship for Girls
C/o- Executive Director
Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA)
P. O. Box 14103 – 00800
Peponi Road
Nairobi, Kenya

Fax: +254 (20) 2697442

It is very important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for the complete 'Rules and Procedures' AND also for the 'Reporting Requirements'.

Participating schools will submit to the AISA office, the particulars of their selected student, by no later than March 15th prior to the school year during which the scholarship will commence. By May 15th - AISA informs members of award decisions; by August 15th (i.e. 3 months after scholarship application approval) - participating school(s) sends written request for funding with an invoice; by August 31st (i.e. start of school year) - AISA informs members if no scholarship awards.

AISA shall work in close harmony with the participating school toward the common aims and purposes of the Margaret Sanders AISA Scholarship for Girls Program. AISA will administer scholarships in the best interest of the recipient student and in keeping with the rules and regulations set forth herein.

AISA will determine if the participating school is a bona fide AISA Full Member school and/or otherwise acceptable to the Board.

Once the scholarships have been awarded, the AISA Office will notify the participating school who will in turn inform the candidate. These notifications will be completed by May 15th each year and the successful candidate(s) will commence school from the following academic year.

AISA will make payments for educational expenses directly to the participating school(s) - NOT to the student(s). Participating schools must invoice AISA annually for the agreed scholarship amount.

If AISA has not received a written request for funding with an invoice from the participating school within 3 months following a scholarship application being approved (i.e. August 15th), the funds will automatically be forfeited. Multi-year scholarships must also be invoiced annually by the recipient school before August 15th each year as long as a positive progress report has been received by AISA. See ‘Reporting Requirements’ below for further details.

AISA office is located on Peponi Road, Nairobi at the International School of Kenya campus.

Postal Address:
Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA)
P O Box 14103 - 00800,
Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone: +254 (20) 2697442 / 8076067
Fax: +254 (20) 418 0596 / 3272
General Email:

Application Deadline: 15 March 2014
Open to International students: No (ONLY Africans)

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