Another AKA student awarded full scholarship

12 April 2010

Omar Mwangari is offered the UBC Humanitarian scholarship

Following the recent success of Harsev Oshan, 2009 graduate of the Academy, who recently received the International Leadership Award from the University of British Columbia, Omar Mwangari, a student of the IB Diploma Programme at the Academy to graduate in June of this year, has been offered the Humanitarian scholarship from the same prestigious university.

This award is the only one of its kind granted in the world and covers all tuition and living expenses for the four years of the programme. This puts the award’s value at approximately ten million shillings.

Omar commented, “ I really must recognise the important part that not only the Academy and its teachers played in this success, but also the Aga Khan Foundation, which last summer allowed me to contribute to their KENSIP (Kenyan School Improvement Programme) and EAQEL, (East African Quality in Early Learning) projects. This incredible experience has inspired me to want to return to Kenya and contribute to an NGO.”

Omar spent all of last summer doing voluntary work for the Aga Khan Foundation and has continued this service work even during the course of his academically demanding final year. He recently lead a reading project in Kwale using Junior School students to support local learning.

It is my hope that Omar and Harsev will set the standard for many other Academy students to follow in their footsteps. I am convinced that these two young men are good examples of the many Kenyan students of the Academy who will be recognised for their unique and powerful contributions to their societies,” added Head of Academy, Peter J Mc Murray