PATHWAYS Undergraduate Leadership Training Scholarships for Developing Countries

PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress training program

Course(s) Offered: Development & related studies
Course Level: Secondary school, Undergraduate
Provider: PATHWAYS
Country to Study in: Kenya

Scholarship Description
PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress is an international leadership training program, currently only available in Kenya.

The program believes that people in developing countries know best what problems they have and know best how to approach solving them. With PATHWAYS, promising secondary school graduates are chosen in developing countries who have written an insightful and practical project idea about how to make life better in their own country. Along with participation in this program is the availability of fee assistance to those accepted to the University of Nairobi or Kenyatta University (only for students under the regular/module I programme).

PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress is now accepting applications from highly qualified undergraduate students with financial need commencing studies in October 2011.

Leadership Training Scholarship Awards:
Leadership training recipients are currently only available for residents of Kenya.

Recipients are chosen based on secondary school grades, KCSE results, financial need, motivation to make a difference in the community and country, references, and project proposal.

Specific requirements include:
  • KCSE overall grade average of B+ or higher.
  • Financial need.
  • Strong interpersonal and educational skills.
  • Written project proposal (Rationale, Background, Objectives, Methods, Anticipated Problems and Solutions, Implications), written in collaboration with a community group, that can be made sustainable during the 4 years of university education.

    The proposal may focus on any area (e.g. economic development, infrastructure, food production, conservation), but it must in some direct way seek to improve the country and its people.

    Include letter of support from the community group.
  • Three letters of recommendation from secondary school teachers/education professionals (or equivalent) familiar with the student’s abilities (attach).
  • Copies of KCPE/KCSE official results certificate and recent school reports (attach).
  • Copies of acceptance letters from UoN/Kenyatta U or completed application form (attach).
  • Estimated university expenses and a cost share plan (see below).
  • Recent photo of student (will not be returned).
Eligible groups
Citizens of Developing countries (NOTE: this award is currently available in Kenya only)

Participating Institutions
University of Nairobi, Kenya; AND
Kenyatta University, Kenya

Fields of study
Insightful and practical project idea on ANY area that improves the country and its people. Such areas may include economic development, infrastructure, food production, conservation, etc.

Number of awards
The number of scholars chosen is based upon available funds.

Sponsorship duration
Annual support is offered throughout the 4 years of undergraduate university education.

Scholarship benefits
PATHWAYS offers the opportunity for students to apply for modest annual awards ($500) to help them move their projects forward and assists them with university fees.

An in-country mentor guides and counsels the students with their project plans and with other aspects of life.

In summary, the program:
  • Offers a leadership training opportunity to disadvantaged youth in developing countries (AIDS orphans, women, others);
  • Provides mentoring to shepherd motivated students who want to improve their countries;
  • Builds tomorrow’s leaders in their own communities; and
  • Offers an ongoing support network.
Method of Application
Announcement of the PATHWAYS application is made through secondary school teachers and nonprofit organizations such as KANCO. Applications are reviewed in September and a select group of students are asked to come to Nairobi for an interview with the Vice President for Kenya and the PATHWAYS student coordinator.

A final decision on the leadership training recipients is made in mid to late September.

The application deadline date must be no later than July 30, 2011

The goal of the PATHWAYS program is to equip PATHWAYS scholars to be leaders for tomorrow. This is done thus:
  1. develop the student’s leadership ability through supporting their efforts to improve their community,
  2. facilitate the education and encourage career development of individuals who are highly qualified academically, motivated, and dedicated to improving their country,
  3. provide mentoring to establish the future leader in his/her career and to assure the successful implementation of the community project and
  4. foster lifelong civic-minded collaborations among youth from different ethnicities.
Application Deadline: 30 July 2011
Open for International Students: Yes (Developing Countries)

Further Scholarship Information and Application

Related: List of Scholarships in Kenya for Students

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