Recent News & Reflections
- Access to Quality Healthcare in Zambia
- Bigwa Secondary School in Tanzania achieves academic excellence
- Partnership provides nursing/teacher scholarships for Catholic Sisters in Africa
Meeting unique educational needs
ASEC’s Scholarship Program bridges the gap to higher education for Sisters in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia by providing two-year scholarships to complete secondary school or certificates. Many of our scholarship recipients then pursue training in our Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) and Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) programs. So far, 369 women religious in Africa have benefited from this program.
The Scholarship Program was initiated in 2012 to meet the unique educational needs expressed by Sisters in Tanzania.
- 65% of the 14,500 women religious serving in Tanzania lack secondary education.
- Scholarships provides the opportunity for a Sister to go back to school and learn essential skills to be more effective in her service work to the poor and marginalized.
- Upon completing secondary school, many scholarship recipients go on to higher levels of education, making them even more effective agents of change in the poor communities they serve.
Bigwa Secondary School in Morogoro, Tanzania
Bigwa Secondary School is a residential high school for religious women in Tanzania who do not have a high school diploma. These women are typically in their twenties and have gone through the formation program in their communities.
ASEC's support efforts at Bigwa Secondary School are multidimensional. In addition to providing scholarships for students, we have also facilitated the construction of a dining hall, a dormitory, a fish pond, and a state-of-the-art Science laboratory consisting of three well-equipped biology, physics and chemistry labs!
In 2016 ASEC expanded the Scholarship Program to Malawi and Zambia to fulfill the need for secondary and diploma level education among women religious.
In 2020, ASEC expanded the program to Ghana to provide scholarships for Sisters pursuing degrees and training in Special Education.
Sponsor a Sister Today
You can make a difference by sponsoring a Catholic Sister in Africa. Our two-year scholarships provide an opportunity for these women to complete secondary school, certificate or diploma-level education.
💜 $3 = You help train a Sister for 1 day
💜 $20 = 1 week of training
💜 $85 = 1 month of training
💜 $250 = 3 months of training
💜 $500 = 6 months of training
💜 $1,000 = 1 year of training
Meet some of our scholarship recipients
Sr. Mathilde would like to be a teacher so she can educate street children and orphans and improve their ways of life.
Fidesta wants to be a medical doctor so she can control diseases like cancer, malaria and HIV/AIDS.
"I want to be a lawyer because I would like to serve the society those who are suffer from lossing their rights and justice." -Sr. Anna
Sr. Lilian wants to pursue farming so she can provide her community, especially orphans and the elderly, with enough food.
Sr. Hiltruda wants to study agriculture so she can give her congregation professional input raising livestock and running their farm.
Sr. Rita wants to be a primary school teacher and help the most vulnerable in society; women and children.
Success Stories from Scholarships
The Scholarship Program Structure
Sisters apply to the program and depending on the support of people like you, ASEC awards scholarships to the best applicants.
Unfortunatley, not all Sisters that apply will receive a scholarship. ASEC chooses the top applicants to recieve scholarships based on merit and available funding. Scholarships are awarded for the full length of time to complete their education.Sisters write an aspirational essay about their future goals. At the end of their scholarship, they write another essay reflecting on their experience and sharing their future plans. Usually, our scholarship recipients plan to continue their education or immediately start applying the skills they've learned to effectively serve the poor.
Donate to Our Scholarship Program
Consider supporting a sister to acquire a high school diploma or two-year college degree for only $1,000/year.Donate Now »