The University of York has announced, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways, and Ashinaga Association in the UK, the Ashinaga Scholarship Program, a £1.2 million program which aims to support and empower students from sub-Saharan Africa who have lost one or both of their parents.
The scholarship program, the first of its kind in the UK, is set to begin in the 2021/22 academic year, and will support up to six qualifying students per year, with a full tuition fee waiver, a living cost bursary, travel costs and assistance with obtaining a Visa.
Vice Chancellor, Professor Charlie Jeffery stated: “We know from experience that young people who may have suffered personal tragedy and other hardships early in life, often struggle to find their way into higher education … If we do not find ways to support them, some of our best and brightest minds, who will contribute great things to solving some of our biggest global challenges, will be missed”.
Prior to the start of undergraduate university education at York, Ashinaga Scholars will receive a foundation year consisting of leadership training and skill development programmes, courtesy of the University of York and Kaplan International Pathways.
Linda Cowan, the managing director of Kaplan International Pathways stated “The Ashinaga Foundation’s Values align with Kaplan’s mission to provide access to high-quality education for international students”.
The Ashinaga African Initiative hopes to provide scholars with the necessary education, leadership, and general skills to contribute to, and take part in the leadership of, the social and economic development of sub-Saharan Africa.