Ashinaga is non for profit organization that provides education for orphans and less privileged students worldwide. Through the Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI), underserved African students with potential but with a scarce resources to obtain quality education are offered fully funded scholarships and leadership development training abroad annually.
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About the Ashinaga Africa Initiative Undergraduate Scholarships
The Ashinaga Africa Initiative is an international leadership program that cultivates the next generation of leaders to contribute to the development of sub-Saharan Africa irrespective of their humble background.
AAI Scholars have lost one or both parents and are committed to returning to sub-Saharan Africa to initiate change, innovation, and development. The Ashinaga Africa Initiative Undergraduate Scholarship program has three stages.
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Study Camp and Preparation Camp
The Ashinaga Africa Initiative Undergraduate Scholarship program for orphans and less privileged will select students from each Sub-Saharan African country to participate in a Study Camp in Uganda or Senegal from July to December 2023. Anglophone students will normally attend the Camp in Uganda, with Francophone students attending the Camp in Senegal. During the Study Camp, students are assisted in their academic preparation, university applications (to either Japan, the U.K., the U.S.A., or Europe), career planning and leadership development.
The Ashinaga Africa Initiative Undergraduate Scholarship program helps students access full financial support to study abroad. The support covers the first possible qualification that can be earned, and the costs of a foundation or preparatory course will also be covered if required. Ashinaga has regional offices to support students during studies in Japan, the U.K., the U.S.A., France and Brazil. Scholars will participate in a mandatory internship in their home country or Sub-Saharan Africa and join Ashinaga’s leadership development programs.
Scholars have the responsibility to return to their home countries or Sub-Saharan Africa within four years after graduating and contribute to the country/region while living there for at least one year. They will have to contact Ashinaga during this period to provide information about their activity and residency.
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Eligibility Criteria For Ashinaga Africa Initiative Undergraduate Scholarships
The scholarships are specifically designed for students seeking undergraduate degrees and who are less privileged in accessing resources to pursue their education. The Ashinaga Africa Initiative Undergraduate Scholarship application is open to those who;
- Have lost one or both parents.
- Have completed secondary school and received the results of their national Secondary School examination (technical and vocational degrees not accepted) within the last two years (any date after 2nd August 2020, including all of 2020 and 2021) or will have completed Secondary School and received final exam results before February 28th, 2023.
- Have citizenship and have completed/are completing high school in one of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, CAR, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Kingdom of Eswatini, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Seychelles, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- Were born after 1st September 2000.
- Do not have the means to attend university abroad without external financial support.
- Are proficient in English, French or Portuguese.
- Are regularly ranked in the top 10% of their class during their last 2 or 3 years of secondary school.
- Are able to participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programs, over the course of one year, before attending university.
- Are committed to returning home, or to Sub-Saharan Africa, and contributing to society in Sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university.
- Have no dependents who could interfere with academic progress.
- Have a good enough health condition to be able to study abroad.
The Ashinaga undergraduate scholarships for less privileged students require applicants to demonstrate their need for this opportunity. As part of the application process, you will need to provide the following documents:
- Photo or scan of at least one of the following documents; Passport, National ID Card or Birth Certificate
- Photo or scan of your most recent Secondary School Term Report/Transcript
- Photo or scan of your final Secondary School Examination Results Certificate (if applicable)
How to Apply for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative Undergraduate Scholarships
There are two stages to the Ashinaga Africa Initiative application process;
All applicants must first confirm their eligibility by registering for the program. Only students who register for the program and are deemed eligible will receive the application form by email. Each decision about an applicant’s eligibility is based on the criteria outlined above and their academic record. Our expectations for the academic record of an applicant reflect the academic level we expect students to have in order to thrive as part of our intensive leadership program.
All students who register for the program will receive an email with a link to the application form within 1 month of their registration if they are eligible for the program.
It is strongly recommended to apply online.
Step 1: Create a new account using the ‘Register’ button at the top of this page.
Step 2: You will receive an e-mail (please check spam/junk box) with instructions to begin your registration.
Step 3: Complete your Eligibility Profile to confirm you are eligible for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative.
Step 4: Follow the instructions to complete the applicable registration form.
The last day to submit application for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative Undergraduate Scholarships for orphans and less privileged is 20th January 2022.
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