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Rhodes Scholar Elect 2018 Ruth Nyakerario (IR ‘17) elaborates how her educational career at USIU-Africa and soon to be at Oxford University would not have been possible without financial aid. Looking on is Master of Ceremony Mr. Ernest Wamboye (Journalism ‘11) PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Beatrice Munyiva

Over 300 USIU-Africa alumni, faculty, staff and friends of USIU-Africa came together on Friday August 3, to give towards establishment of an Alumni Endowment Fund, that will benefit bright but disadvantaged students in acquiring a world class education at USIU-Africa.

The Endowment Fund launch at Mövenpick Hotel and Residences in Nairobi, featured Daisy Wanzala (IR ‘15) and Ogutu Muraya (IR ‘11) - alumni who previously benefited from financial aid during their college career at USIU-Africa - describing the life-changing impact the aid had on their lives.

IR Sophomore Antonio Longangi,shared his arduous journey to undertaking his academic career at USIU-Africa beginning in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a journey that continues in no small part thanks to the University’s various financial aid programs.

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Alumna Ms. Daisy Mumbi (International Relations ‘11) receives her top alumna trophy from Alumni Association Vice Chair Mr. Ian Mukuria during the award ceremony of the annual alumni charity golf tournament on Friday, June 8, 2018, at the Muthaiga Golf Club. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Beatrice Munyiva

The USIU-Africa Alumni Association hosted an inaugural alumni charity golf event that brought close to 60 players including alumni, sponsors and friends of USIU-Africa, at the Muthaiga Golf Club on Friday, June 8, 2018.

USIU-Africa Alumni Association’s goal for the tournament was to facilitate talented students with exceptional potential, but who are financially constrained to afford university education. The charity event was therefore borne with the aim of contributing towards an endowment fund whose proceeds will support an Alumni Scholarship fund for such needy students.

The tournament culminated into a prize giving ceremony presided over by Muthaiga Golf Club Captain James Ondigo where the best players were awarded with trophies.

The Office of Alumni Relations hosted over 400 alumni from various classes for a barbeque themed The Past, The Present and The Future held on February 24, on the lawn behind the library. Alumni from as far back as the Class of 1993, took time to reacquaint themselves with a campus that is rapidly changing both in physical and academic infrastructure.

While welcoming the alumni community back on campus, University Advancement Director Mr. James Ogolla emphasized the need for his audience to remain engaged with the University. This point was picked up by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, who detailed the university’s development plans, and urged the gathered alumni to participate in campus activities, and remain “torchbearers and ambassadors for their alma mater.”

Dr. Jacob Ogola (DBA ’16) and Ms. Damaris Ndegwa-Mwai (IBA ’13) both shared how USIU-Africa’s financial aid had made a difference in their lives .Ms. Ndegwa Mwai who is currently a Procurement and Logistics Specialist for USAID/DFID’s Agile and Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) Project narrated how USIU-Africa’s Vice Chancellor’s Grant saw her through a time of deep personal loss. Dr. Ogolla’s shared his experience as a transfer student from Moi University and a recipient of the Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Scholarship. His call to fellow alumni to make financial aid sustainable was echoed by Alumni Association Chairperson Ms. Dorothy Sagwe, who urged alumni to come back to their alma mater and build their university.

The Office of Alumni Relations also announced the beginning of ticket sales for the Annual Alumni Fundraising Dinner scheduled for June 23, where a KES 500 million Alumni Endowment Fund will be launched. The Fund’s purpose will be to provide opportunities for promising but financial disadvantaged students to pursue a world-class education at USIUAfrica.