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Number of African Women Religious Served through the Scholarship Program

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, 361 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!

Program Expansion to Malawi and Zambia

In 2016 ASEC expanded the Scholarship Program to Malawi and Zambia to fulfill the need for secondary and diploma level education among women religious.

Sponsor a Sister Today

You can make a difference by sponsoring a sister in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia. Our two-year scholarships provide an opportunity for these women to complete secondary school or its equivalency (in most African countries, this is via a certificate).

๐Ÿ’œ $3 = You help train a Sister for 1 day
๐Ÿ’œ $20 = 1 week of training
๐Ÿ’œ $85 = 1 month of training
๐Ÿ’œ $250 = 3 months of training
๐Ÿ’œ $500 = 6 months of training
๐Ÿ’œ $1,000 = 1 year of training


Meet the Sisters

Scholarship Recipient Sr. Mathilde

Sr. Mathilde
Sr. Mathilde would like to be a teacher so she can educate street children and orphans and improve their ways of life.

Scholarship Recipient Sr. Anna

Sr. Anna
"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

Scholarship Recipient Sr. Hiltruda

Sr. Hiltruda
Sr. Hiltruda wants to study agriculture so she can give her congregation professional input raising livestock and running their farm.

Scholarship Recipient Fidesta

Fidesta wants to be a medical doctor so she can control diseases like cancer, malaria and HIV/AIDS.

Scholarship Recipient Sr. Lilian

Sr. Lilian
Sr. Lilian wants to pursue farming so she can provide her community, especially orphans and the elderly, with enough food.

The Scholarship Program Structure

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.

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For questions regarding Scholarships, please contact:

Kelsey Allison

Kelsey Allison

Research Assistant