Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam Oysterbay has awarded the first of four scholarships for graduate study at a university or a centre of higher education in Tanzania. The scholarship awarded was the Rotary Karimjee Scholarship to Magreth Longino who is reading Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Saint Augustine University of Tanzania, Mwanza Branch.
Magreth Longino is an orphan who has completed two years of her degree in sociology and will now be starting her third year. She has been supported to a certain extent by her extended family in Mwanza and has supplemented her livelihood by selling peanuts. However, as a result of hard times she was no longer able to obtain the necessary funding from her extended family to start her third year of university and therefore, applied for the Rotary Karimjee Scholarship. She wishes to work in the field of Public Health when she graduates. Her Grade Point Average is 4.00 out of 5.00 as she has obtained B+'s in all seven subjects that she undertook in the academic year 2009/2010. She stays with her extended family and helps as and when required in order to repay them for educating her and as a result has not been able to achieve better marks. We hope that this scholarship award will ease the pressure and burden on her as she will try and locate accommodation near or on campus in order to focus primarily on her education. I would like to extend a big thank you to PDG Hatim who was instrumental in forming the Scholarship Committee and directing the Committee in the right direction. Without Nadine's help in interviewing the scholarship applicants and her fortitude we would not have been able to pick the most deserving candidate and therefore a big thank you to her as well. A special thanks must be given to our fellow Club member for generously donating the cost of Magreth's Accommodation whilst she was in Dar es Salaam and last but not least a big thank you to the Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam Oysterbay for making it possible for a young lady who may hold the future of this nation in her hands to continue with her education.