New Cohort Selected for Secondary School Scholarships

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KFSP staff members, Nyabutono Gorret (Operations Manager) and Tusiime Patrick (Director) conduct interviews with scholarship finalists.

This year in Uganda’s Kabarole District, Valentine’s Day took on a significance beyond expressions of love; it was a day for making educational dreams come true! On February 14th, The Kasiisi Project and its in-country counterpart, The Kibale Forest Schools Program (KFSP), selected a new cohort of scholarship students.

Since its inception in 1998, the scholarship program has been instrumental in providing opportunities for high-achieving students graduating from our 16 partner primary schools. This post-graduation support is critical, as many families in rural Uganda struggle to afford the fees required by quality secondary schools. Consequently, a staggering 65% of secondary school-aged children in Uganda find themselves out of school and facing limited prospects for their future. For girls, being out of school often means early marriages.

​Over the years, our scholarship program has enabled more than 130 students to access quality secondary education, which has transformed their lives. These scholarships are made possible through generous sponsorships by individual families and foundations. In 2024, we are proud to offer five scholarships that ensure recipients will have 100% of their tuition covered throughout their secondary education at the boarding school of their choice. ​

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Scholarship awardee, Kato Prosper, celebrates with his father.

Twenty-one students were shortlisted based on their performance on the Primary Leaving Exam (PLE), a rigorous assessment administered by the Uganda National Examinations Board to grade 7 students, evaluating their comprehension of the primary school curriculum. As part of our selection process, these students then sat for an additional written examination administered by teachers from external institutions to ensure fairness. Students scoring in the top 10 on the exam were invited for in-person interviews conducted by our Scholarship Committee. The chosen awardees were three boys and two girls: Murungi Jacinta, Ayebale Innocent, Tumwesige Micheal, Kato Prosper, and Komuhendo Recheal.

​We are thrilled to welcome these exceptional young people into our scholarship family and are looking forward to supporting them throughout their educational journeys.

OUR 2024 Scholar COHORT:

*Shown with their proud parents

Every year, the demand for scholarships far exceeds our means, so we are always looking for additional sponsors. If you are passionate about transforming lives through education and wish to support a student, please reach out to us at info@kasiisiproject.org. Thank you!