March 22, 2016

Wangari Maathai Scholarship for Female Undergraduate Kenyan Students

The Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund

Course(s) Offered: Environmental conservation
Course Level: Undergraduate
Provider: Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund
Country to Study in: Kenya

Scholarship Description
The Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund (WMSF) is an environmental innovations fund, set up in memory of Prof. Wangari Maathai, and aimed at developing action-oriented young people with strong values and commitment to the conservation of the physical and social environment in Kenya.

This scholarship fund will be awarded annually, and since its start in 2013, this is the fourth public call for applications to the fund.

A scholarship award from the fund is given each year to a young woman who has demonstrated passion and personal commitment to environmental conservation, in addition to mobilizing and providing leadership for people in environmental advocacy.

Applicants must demonstrate passion and personal commitment to environmental conservation. This individual must also demonstrate their ability to successfully mobilize people and provide leadership in environmental advocacy.

Selection Criteria:
  • Young women of between the ages of 18 – 25 years
  • Kenyan citizens currently residing in Kenya
  • The scholarship is limited to applicants who have enrolled into a Kenyan tertiary institution
  • Ability to demonstrate the environmental conservation project(s) they have started or have been involved in and how those initiatives have impacted people in their community, in ways that have improved environmental health and sustainability, and the fund’s goals of achieving a greener, cleaner and a more sustainable community
Eligible groups
Female citizens of Kenya

Participating Institutions
Any accredited Kenyan University

Fields of study
Fields related to Environmental Conservation (both the physical and social environments)

Number of awards
Not specified by sponsor

Sponsorship duration
Grant will cover whole duration of recipient's program

Scholarship benefits
Not specified. However, up to $10,000 was awarded in previous years

Method of Application
Detailed application guidelines and application forms can be downloaded from the official website. Applications NOT submitted in that form will be disqualified. COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS can be submitted to KCDF by email to to be received on or before the deadline date below. Any other supportive documents should be scanned and sent as attachments with the filled in proposal. Please state on the email subject line: CfA No. WMSF/R4/2016.

All interested applicants are encouraged to carefully read and fully understand the guidelines on the official website before attempting to complete the application forms. Failure to strictly follow the guidelines may result in incomplete or rejection of submitted proposals.

It is important to carefully read through the Information Note & Guide To Applicants, and also to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this scholarship, and to download the "Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund Application Form".

This call for applications to this scholarship fund opens from 29th February 2016. Completed application forms can be submitted to KCDF by email on or before 5.00pm, 28th March 2016

The Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund (WMSF) grant administrators reserves the right to ask for additional information at any stage of the selection process.

Applicants must cross check with the checklist that all the required attachments are included; otherwise incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

The Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund has been established by The Rockefeller Foundation, The Green Belt Movement (GBM) and Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF).

The scholarship fund will be awarded annually, with the first cycle being granted during the 2013 academic year. In the first year, the tertiary education scholarship will be awarded to a young woman who has demonstrated passion and personal commitment to environmental conservation.

GBM is an environmental organization that empowers communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods. It was founded by Professor Wangari Maathai in 1977 under the auspices of the National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK) to respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who reported that their streams were drying up, their food supply was less secure, and they had to walk further and further to get firewood for fuel and fencing.

KCDF is a Kenyan development grant-making organization, founded and registered in 1997 as a public foundation, that supports communities to initiate and drive their development agenda by harnessing and growing their resources as well as securing their basic rights and services from duty bearers. KCDF is the first and oldest indigenous foundation of its kind in East Africa.

The Rockefeller Foundation supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges—affirming its pioneering philanthropic mission since 1913 to promote the well-being of humanity. It operates both within the United States and around the world.

Application Deadline: 28 March 2016
Open to International students: No (ONLY Kenyans)

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