NBL launches Shs. I bn. scholarship for the poor
10 February 2011
Wednesday, Feb, 9,2011
Uganda's leading beer company, Nile Breweries Limited, is to spend over Shs. 1 billion in six years on a scholarship fund that will enable academically gifted children of the poor study in the elite top performing secondary schools.
Called, "The Equality Scholarship" it will benefit children drawn from primary schools in the rural districts that grow sorghum and barley for the brewery, said the Nile Breweries Managing Director, Nick Jenkinson, during the launch ceremony at Hotel Africana in Kampala, today
"It is the icing on the cake of our ever expanding corporate social investment for the Ugandan society," Managing Director Nick Jenkinson said.
The Managing director said Nile Breweries had in the last five years alone invested over Shs. 800 million in the communities, in line with the commitment of its parent company SABMiller to sustainable development.
Mr. Jenkinson said each scholarship for senior one to six was projected to cost Shs. 15 million, covering fees and other requirements. And for the six years it will take the first lot to complete, up to 72 scholarships were planned at a total cost of Shs. 1,080,000,000.
The pioneer beneficiaries are from the districts of Apac, Amuria, Bukwo, Kabale, Kibale, Kabermaido, Kapchorwa, Kumi, Pallisa and Serere.
Each year ten different districts among those that grow sorghum and barley, which the brewery uses, will compete for ten scholarships, two of which will go to girls, said Onapito-Ekomoloit, the NBL Corporate Affairs Director.
If no girl emerges best in her district, then all the girls in the considered districts will compete for two additional scholarships, bringing maximum per year to 12, Onapito said.
The pioneers of the scholarships are being admitted to the top performing secondary schools of: Namilyango College, St. Mary's Boarding Secondary School Kitende, Namirembe Hillside High School, King's College Budo, St. Mary's College Kisubi, Ntare School, Nabisunsa Girls Secondary School, Uganda Martyrs Secondary School Namugongo, Seeta High School and Gayaza High School.
"The Equality Scholarship not only bridges the gap between the poor and rich, but also between regions," Onapito said.
He gave the example of Peter Emuru a child from Kaberamaido in the far north east going to study at Ntare School (Mbarara) in the west.
The successful pupils were chosen by the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), based on its 2010 Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) results.
"They were best as per our computerized selection which uses actual marks and not just aggregate scores/' said Mr. Mathew Bukenya, the UNEB Executive Secretary.
Corporate Affairs Office
This is a SABMiller subsidiary news release, first published in its local market on [09/02/2011].