March 5, 2011

Mwangaza Scholars Program for Kenyan Medical Students

Mwangaza Scholars Program 

Course(s) offered: Medicine
Course Level: Bachelors
Provider: Indiana University
Country to Study in: Kenya

Scholarship Description
The Indiana University (IU) scholarship program was recently renamed Mwangaza Scholarship, Swahali for "light," reflecting its broad base of support and its impact on poverty-stricken medical students.

This scholarships program assists impoverished Kenyan medical students who are the future health care leaders of Kenya.

For every 100,000 Kenyans, there are only 13 medical doctors. In contrast, US has 275 physicians for the same population.

Eligibility
The scholarship is for impoverished Kenyan medical students

Eligible groups
Citizens of Kenya

Participating Institutions
Indiana University (via the Indiana Institute for Global Health, Inc.); AND
Moi University School of Medicine (Eldoret, Kenya)

Fields of study
Undergraduate level studies in the Medical Sciences

Number of awards
Currently there are 54 Mwangaza Scholars amongst over 350 Moi students.

Sponsorship duration
Students enter medical school following high school and their medical education spans six years. Students must remain in good academic standing to retain their scholarships.

Donors are encouraged to make multi-year pledges to assure continuity of support to the students.

Scholarship benefits
Each $750 annual scholarship covers tuition, fees, housing, and required books/ medical instruments.

Method of Application
This is for impoverished Kenyan students.

If you are eligible, you will have to write to the sponsors to send you all application materials.

It is important to visit the official website through the links below.

DEADLINES:
Applications are still ongoing. Please ascertain the deadline date from the sponsors

PLEASE NOTE:
To learn more about the Mwangaza Scholarship Program or to make an investment in the lives of Kenyan medical students, please contact: Tal Bosin, Ph.D., bosin@indiana.edu | (812) 855-3035.

The Need:
  1. Increase the number of multi-year scholarships. Cost is $750 per year. Of 350 Moi students, only 50 currently receive scholarships. An additional 50 student are in desperate need of financial help.
  2. Increase the number of endowed scholarships. Cost is $15,000 per scholarship. Currently there are just 18 endowed scholarships among the 50 that are awarded.
Moi University School of Medicine (Eldoret, Kenya) enrolled its first class of students in 1990. Currently, the School admits 60 students per year, selected from the brightest high school graduates.

This year 800,000 high school seniors took the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam and 10,200 were admitted to public universities. Of these, the top 160 students were admitted into the two medical schools, Nairobi and Moi Universities.

Application Deadline: Obtain from sponsor
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Kenyans)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: List of Scholarships in Kenya for Students

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