Our Challenge to all Well Wishers…
Is to partner with us in providing financial support for students, especially women, who are capable and willing to further their education and bring hope and change to Africa.
Due to poverty in Africa, many intelligent students, especially girls, are lost by the wayside because, though they pass their secondary school exams very well, they cannot continue with university education. Most parents, faced with the decision to send either their son or daughter to university, will send the son. This means there are still very few women in positions where they can effectively impact their generally patriarchal cultures.
Our greatest hope is that young people, with a Christian commitment, will have university education so that they can occupy decision making positions and help change Africa. I am one of those few who benefited from a university education, and I believe this is the major way of breaking the cycle of poverty in Africa. It may be a cliché, but it is true that “when you educate a woman, you educate a village.”While other types of aid are crucial, education is the most significant way of empowering them against all forms of discrimination.
The need is very great. The scholarship will meet the tuition, room and board, medical insurance, transportation, summer courses, spiritual activities, library, computer and other university fees. An estimate of expenses (all inclusive per year per student) is between $2,350.00 and $2,500.00, depending on the exchange rate.
Types of Scholarship
There are two types of support, selected and recommended. A “selected” scholarship comes from a list of names already selected by a university, while the “recommended” is one initiated by the donor. The donor shares names of students to be supported with the Foundation. Then the Foundation will analyze the student based on its criteria of need, academics and faith commitment. This fund hopes to support students recommended by those who know them best, for example, their local church.
A student normally spends four years at the university, thus needing approximately $ 10,000 to complete the course. It is, therefore, important to be able to guarantee that this money will be available before accepting the student into the program.
All students who receive the scholarship must meet eligibility criteria established by AMSHA Foundation Inc. board of directors: a clear pattern of Christian behavior, evidence of a deep Christian commitment to a specific type of ministry, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or C+, acceptance or enrollment in full time study and a genuine financial need.
Requirements for application
- A proof of being a Christian
- Proof of great need, i.e. why unable to pay full or part of the university fees.
- Proof that one is either attending a Christian university, or has been accepted.
The Application process:
Send the following by email to the foundation:
- A testimony of your life as a Christian.
- Your Picture
- Your contacts, including phone number.
- Your proof of attendance or acceptance to a Christian university.
- A description of courses taken or to be taken and proposed final ministry after graduation.
- Proof from your institution of why you need help in paying your full or part of the fees.
- After all the above documents have been reviewed, the board of directors will communicate their decision to you. (They may contact your university for more details).
The fund needs to be a revolving one so that the money can earn when it is not being used, and thereby keep growing to ensure that the fund does not go bankrupt.
Design and Capability
Our hope is that we can get initial grants of $500,000. With that amount we can initially support 30 students with $30,000 and with $20,000 start the revolving fund. We understand that there are a number of Non- Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) willing to match dollar for dollar, as long as one has raised at least $500,000 initially. Also more money would be added from individual donors and invested, so that more students can be supported, as money becomes available.
If the suggestions in above are followed, we believe this fund can become self -sustaining within five years.
The external risks would mainly be similar to those that would apply to everyone, mainly economic and political changes, within which all of us must operate.
Educating our youth, especially girls, is a challenge Africa must face. We have no guarantee that they will be able to face corruption and other injustices that stop Africa from progressing, but if we give them a Christian education that helps build up character as well, we have some hope that the next generation will be better than ours. I hope you will help us contribute to this noble goal by donating to the fund.
AMSHA Foundation Inc.
Office Phone: 765.998.0694