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October 2016

Equity and Merit Scholarships videos launched

(28 October 2016)

Videos and articles showcasing the benefits of Equity and Merit Scholarships have been released, featuring two Humanities recipients, who explain how the Scholarship will help them change lives when they return to their home countries to share their knowledge. 

Fiona Lakareber, from Uganda, studied a master’s in International Finance Law (LLM). The degree is the start of big plans for her and her country. She said: “I want to become managing director of a bank. Currently only one of the country’s 25 banks is headed by a woman and 18 are led by expatriates. I also want to set up a consultancy to help financial institutions. I believe this would be unique not only in Uganda but in all of East Africa.” 

Valentin Olyang’iri is from Tanzania. He studied a master’s in Environmental Governance and is highly motivated to go back and address the problems with communities in his home country. He said:  “When I go back I will have a lot to offer them, to teach communities through training and the media and engage with policymakers.” This includes talking to people about the importance of growing more drought-resistant crops, and addressing the laws and environmental policies in Tanzania to take into account the reality of a more unpredictable climate. 

Equity and Merit Scholarships aim to assist talented but economically disadvantaged students from some of the world’s poorest countries. The scholarships are jointly funded by the University and its donors. The University waives the tuition fee in full and the generosity of donors covers students’ living costs, flights to the UK and visas. 

Now in its tenth year, over 180 scholarships have been awarded to exceptional individuals who have demonstrated both academic excellence and a commitment to the economic/social development of their home communities.