In 2021, Words Into Deeds launched a scholarship program for students at or recently graduated from the UNIFAT Primary School. Criteria were both needs- and merit-based. The former were determined by school officials. For the first set of scholarships, eligible students were selected based on their participation in outreach projects prior to and during the extended period of school closures. Each had attended computer literacy training classes, and worked in both the vegetable garden and soap-making Mini-Grant projects. As is the custom at UNIFAT, school staff made in-home visits to assess the families’ commitment to their child’s further education.
The five selected for 2022 had all completed the requirements to graduate from P7, scored highly on the national high school entrance exams, and been accepted to high schools of their choice.
Scholarship recipients Mark, Siaga, Morris, Gabriella and Gypsy in the 3rd vegetable garden they helped cultivate and plant.
At a ZOOM meeting with all the applicants, their parents or guardians, and UNIFAT staff, Words Into Deeds offered 1-year scholarships with renewal for an additional 3 years guaranteed if the students did well academically. These scholarships provide 100%, 80%, and 50% of the tuition costs for the three terms in each academic year, and the families were asked to guarantee they would provide the needed support for terms 2 and 3 each year.
Teachers and scholarship recipients in front of the solar panels. Teachers, from left to right, are Akena Denish, Opiro Santo (head teacher), Acio Joan, Komakech Jimmy, Ocheng Daniel and (far right) Ocan Jacob. All of them are leaders of Mini-Grant project teams.
Gabriella is attending Ocer Campion Jesuit College, Gulu, Uganda
Gypsy is attending Tororo Girls’ School, Tororo, Uganda
Mark is attending Restore Leadership High School, Gulu, Uganda
Morriss and Siaga are both attending John at St John Paul II College in Gulu, Uganda