East African Development Bank (EADB) in partnership with the African-American Institute have created the STEM scholarship to give skilled teachers an opportunity to advance their knowledge in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The five recipients underwent a rigorous selection process that saw them beat close to 300 other applicants having attained First Class or Upper Second Honors Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics, Sciences or Engineering and are working full time in public and government owned educational institutions.
Kenyans, Edward Mureka, Bernabas Wafula, Akuom Denish, Chris Mbae, and Ugandan Miriam Kabagorobya, will pursue graduate degrees in these fields in the United States at Rutgers University.
“The STEM scholarship therefore aims to maximize the impact of EADB’s investment into the higher education sector by granting scholarships to accomplished lecturers who have agreed to return to their East African universities and continue teaching after they have received their graduate degree at Rutgers University. The fully-funded EADB graduate level scholarships will provide full tuition, room and living expenses within a stipulated budget,” said, EADB, Director General, Vivienne Yeda.
The programme comes in the wake of concerns over only 27 per cent of University students are pursuing STEM related careers in Kenyan universities and the region.