Victoria University has awarded scholarships to five disadvantaged Ugandan students from different districts. The beneficiaries will join the Ruparelia Groupo owned university during the ongoing intake ahead of the University reopening on March 1.
The lucky students Feddy Akello, Sylvester Lulenzi, David Siya, Moses Ssemitego and Swabrah Mbawomye. The full scholarships are under Ruparelia Foundation.
David Siya is a traffic police officer attached to Kampala Central Police Station (CPS). He sat his A-Level in 2012 but decided to join the Uganda Police force after failing to join the university.
His family was unable to help him continue with his studies. Now Siya will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Public Health at Victoria University.
Sylvester Lulenzi, who hails from Jinja, is a hawker dealing in second-hand clothes in markets and people’s homes in order to make ends meet and take care of his siblings and father who is disabled.
His father, a cobbler, was unable to send him to university after completing high school. Victoria University has now granted him a chance to attain a university degree.
Moses Ssemitego’s mother described the scholarship as a miracle from heaven. The mother revealed that she recently developed blood hypertension because of stress due to lack of money to take her children to school.
Rajiv Ruparelia, Victoria University’s director, said: “In this University, we cultivate ideas, celebrate diversity, foster entrepreneurship, seek excellence, and also impact communities.” Mr Rajiv said.
Rajiv revealed that every academic year, depending on the various situations and opportunities, Victoria University will be opening up, close to 100 full scholarships, to selected students, under different categories.