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Scholarship Program, 2018 year in review

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46 students graduated from Bigwa Seminary Secondary School in Tanzania. 29 of those students were able to graduate because of the ASEC two year Bigwa scholarship (April, 2018).

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A year in review of ASEC's Scholarship Program for women religious in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia. Read about the program growth, celebrations and achievements as 2018 comes to an end.

Initiated in 2012, ASEC’s Scholarship Program provides two-year scholarships for African religious women to obtain a secondary or post-secondary school degree.

Secondary School Program

In Tanzania, about 60% of religious women lack secondary school education. Attending Bigwa Sisters Secondary School (Bigwa), a residential high school for religious women, is a vital first-step for these women to begin to acquire the skills, networks and confidence needed to take on professional roles in their communities. Because of the kindness of our generous donors and sponsors, this program had a very successful year.

  • 29 ASEC-sponsored students graduated from Bigwa with their 17 classmates.
  • 21 students received ASEC scholarships to attend Bigwa, where they joined ASEC's 13 returning scholarship beneficiaries.
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ASEC Board Member Dr. Jane Farr, traveled from the USA to Tanzania to attend Bigwa's Golden Jubilee celebration on ASEC's behalf. Here she is greeted by Bishop Joseph T. Lebulu.

ASEC Board Member Dr. Jane Farr, traveled from the USA to Tanzania to attend Bigwa's Golden Jubilee celebration on ASEC's behalf. Here she is greeted by Bishop Joseph T. Lebulu.

In April, ASEC board member Dr. Jane Farr, traveled to Morogoro, Tanzania to represent ASEC at Bigwa's Golden Jubilee (50th Anniversary) celebration. Dr. Farr also attended Bigwa's graduation ceremony, where 29 of ASEC's scholarship recipients received their high school diplomas.

Two-year Degree Program

In 2016, ASEC expanded the program to include scholarships for two-year post-secondary degrees among women religious. This year, a total of 31 students in Tanzania (13), Malawi (9) and Zambia (9) were given the opportunity to study for two-year degrees in a variety of subjects such as education, nursing, medical science and public administration.

The school administration, students, good wishers and former students joined together for the 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee celebration at Bigwa Sisters Secondary School in Morogoro Tanzania.

The school administration, students, good wishers and former students joined together for the 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee celebration at Bigwa Sisters Secondary School in Morogoro Tanzania.

Program Impact

Currently, 84 scholarship recipients are enrolled in school. Because of your support, a total 244 two-year scholarships have been awarded since the program's inception in 2012.

Victoria Kelly, former ASEC Research Assistant for the Scholarship Program adds,

"Each round of applicants has continued to grow in both size and diversity. I have been humbled by the diversity each Sister has contributed to the program in their backgrounds and their goals and aspirations. It was an honor to a part of these Sisters’ process in personal growth and creating positive impacts on their communities and the world."

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