Victoria University that is owned by Uganda’s richest man, Sudhir Ruparelia has taken its scholarship scheme to the grassroots so as to support the needy in rural areas access quality education.
The scheme, run under Ruparelia Foundation’s “Support the Community Scholarship”, covers 50 percent of tuition fees of the students intending to take up degrees and diplomas for the academic year 2017/2018.
The scholarship scheme has since been embraced by the ruling NRM party.
In a letter to District Chairpersons, NRM Secretary General Kasule Lumumba says: “Victoria University is awarding 10 slots to the NRM at every district for the 2018 intake, which commences February/March 2018 and the scholarship shall be available once the applicant submits the application forms duly endorsed by the NRM Secretariat.”
“Identify at least 10 deserving and qualified students from the communities within your district, who have capacity to pay 50 percent of the tuition fees in addition to other functional and administrative fees as may be required by the university,” Lumumba says.
The scholarship scheme is intended to make quality of higher education affordable and promote equity in communities by supporting talented students acquire the necessary academic qualifications.
Lumumba told NRM leaders that the scholarship scheme is geared towards addressing the skills gap in the economy and address challenges of poverty through the avenue of human capital development.
Accredited by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) and the Uganda Nurses and Midwifery Council (UNMC), Victoria University has been in operation for the last 7 years.
The institution boasts four Faculties (Health Sciences, Science and Technology, Business and Management, Humanities and Social Sciences) and one department (Petroleum and Gas Studies).