$5.75 Million for African Scholarships at Brown

January 28th, 2008 by admin

From the Brown Daily Herald

A new endowment will increase financial aid for students from sub-Saharan Africa and will help them financially for two years after graduation if they pledge to return to work in Africa, President Ruth Simmons and Israeli businessman Idan Ofer P’12 announced Thursday.

The “Advancing Africa Scholarship Fund” was announced in Davos, Switzerland, where both Simmons and Ofer are currently attending the World Economic Forum. The scholarship requires students to sign a pledge to return home for at least two years after receiving their degrees – an effort to “build capacity” in the continent, Simmons told The Herald.

Ofer’s gift of $5.75 million will fund $250,000 a year in scholarships for undergraduate students starting with the 2008-2009 academic year. The endowment will grow over time due to returns on investment, Simmons said, allowing the University to fund more students in the future.

The establishment of the fund marks an important milestone in Brown’s efforts to attract international students. Until recently, Simmons said, it was hard to attract students from Africa. Even with financial aid, those students would have difficulty paying off loans or fulfilling the parent contribution. International students have long complained about a lack of economic diversity among their peers at Brown, something Simmons called “a valid concern.” The endowment came as good news after years of “agonizing” over financial aid for international students, Simmons said.

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    I a Zambian national an RN wishing to pursue a degree program in Mental Health Psychiatry in Malawi in 2010.
    I am looking for a sponsor to assist me pay my college fees amounting to $ 9,600 for a two program.
    who would sign me in loan student form (co-sign).Any good sammritan out there?

  2. nathan says:

    Am a 20 years old kenyan. cleared high school last year and was among the best students nationally.i am requesting for any scholarship so i may proceed with my studies in the u.s.thankyou

  3. ckikista says:

    Stanley Kisuh is my Chia name.Borne on the 4th of AUGUST 1982 in cameroon. Adtended a baptist mission primary school and studied on schoolership on accademic performance.Moved to a govenment high school to pursue a an advanced level certificate in civil engineering.Hard ship got me involved into political issues. as an activist, i was targeted and shot by the police. Forced to flee the country, i ran into SA. i am unemployed, and can not work do to the efect of the gun shot. but life still have a meaning I believe so. I am taking a degree program in theology and finance is seeming to stand as a barrier. help me out.

  4. Anonymous says:

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  5. AMBEI MOSES CHU says:

    I AM A FINAL YEAR MASTER OF EDUCATION STUDENT IN CAMEROON ,WRITTING MY THESIS. MY FATHER IS NOT VIABLE TO HELP ME ANY MORE,I NEED SOME BODY TO HELP ME WITH 500 USD SO AS TO ENABLE ME GO THROUGH THIS PROGRAMME PLEASE.IT IS REALLY URGENT FOR ANY KIND PERSON .MAY GOD BLESSED YOU IN ADVANCE

    • Bryanna Lindblom says:

      Hi Ambei,

      That is great you are in your final year of your studies. If you would like to see what scholarships we have available, you can browse awards here and apply directly to the award through the host institution.

      I hope you find the aid you need!

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