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CARDINAL OTUNGA SCHOLARSHIP FUND​

INTRODUCTION

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) launched the Cardinal Otunga Memorial Mass, Lecture and Scholarship Fund Programme on 29th September 2005. This is an initiative to honour and remember the work of one of our Founding Fathers and Trustees, Maurice Cardinal Otunga, who played a key role in the establishment of the University as well as establish a fund that would support the education of the needy students at CUEA.

Since the establishment of the Cardinal Otunga Scholarship progamme, the fund has sponsored over 500 students. These are needy students who needed a helping hand to complete their University education and achieve their vision. Click on the Donate via Mpesa button to convey your support.

BENEFICIARIES

The University through the Cardinal Otunga Scholarship awards partial tuition scholarships to full-time students once every academic year. Eligibility is based on:

  1. Economic need
  2. Scholarly excellence
  3. Personal character
  4. Quality for leadership
  5. Commitment to the University ideals/activities
  6. Participation in University activities including community service
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BENEFICIARIES
OBJECTIVES OF THE FUND

The CUEA Cardinal Otunga Scholarship Fund seeks to achieve three key objectives:

  1. To provide financial assistance to needy students of good character, strong academic standing who have a deep connection with University activities including community service;
  2. To nurture the spirit of giving and compassion among members of the CUEA fraternity in the region;
  3. To promote the ideals of Cardinal Otunga and CUEA Founding Fathers in serving humanity with compassion and dignity
GOVERNANCE OF THE FUND

The CUEA Cardinal Otunga Scholarship Fund governance framework comprises of two committees: The Fund’s Steering Committee and the Scholarship Awards Committee. The Steering Committee organizes the Annual Cardinal Otunga Memorial Mass, the Lecture and the Scholarship Fundraiser whereas the Scholarship Awards Committee which is chaired by the Dean of Students administers the funds to deserving students. Some of the members of the Steering Committee also sit in the Awards Committee for enhanced transparency.

The process of award starts with an application where a student fills a form controlled from the Dean of Students Office. The Scholarship Awards Committee reviews all the applications against the Scholarship Assessment Criteria and shortlists the deserving applicants in the various categories based on the available resources. The allocation is then approved by the Vice Chancellor who awards the qualified applicants during a Scholarship Award Ceremony. The details of the Awardees are then forwarded to the Chief Finance Officer who credits the accounts of individual beneficiaries.

Note: Those who have not yet joined the University, first years, and final year students do not qualify. Application forms are available at the Dean of Student’s Office.