03 Jun WAAW Foundation Announces 2014 Scholarship Support
WAAW Foundation is pleased to announce the sponsors for the annual scholarship given to deserving girls who have demonstrated financial need and have an excellent academic record. WAAW awards scholarships of $500/year for African women who have gained undergraduate admission to an institution of higher learning in Africa and are studying a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related course. The following sponsors supported our 2014 Scholarship program:
Africa Education Initiative (NEF) donated $500. NEF is a non-profit organization determined to improve the quality of education and healthcare of Africa’s children. The mission of the Foundation is to further the advancement of science and engineering in Africa. Through its education assistance program, the Foundation strives to promote academic research in institutions. The Foundation supports scholars pursuing a vast spectrum of professions. NEF founder, Dr. Chudy Nduaka said, “NEF is delighted to support scholarships for African girls seeking STEM education to assist them at critical stages of their education”.
Technova Africa donated $500. Technova Africa comprises Technova Energy and Technova Construction. Technova Energy, a 100% Africa-owned Energy Company, is an indigenous Offshore, Onshore & Subsea Engineering Company in Nigeria. Technova Construction Nigeria LTD is an indigenous Engineering & Building Construction Company which focuses on creating quality structures and offering complete construction packages to her ever increasing clients. CEO Engineer Nobert Oleah said, “Technova Africa is delighted to support WAAW foundation so as to give African girls a chance to develop their potential and succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math & Computer science”.
Brunel Engineering donated $1000. Brunel is a wholly indigenous company, a Nigerian brand committed to the relentless pursuit of excellence in the industry, ensuring best practice. Alexander Onuegbu, Chief Executive Officer of Brunel based in Abuja stated, “I would say STEM and CS disciplines are too important to be left to men, we have to open doors like the WAAW foundation STEM camp for young African girls to explore and develop their potential in STEM at an early age”.
WAAW Foundation believes that female education and STEM innovation are key drivers for economic development of any region. Our overarching objective is to elevate the standards of STEM education among female Africans, and eliminate the huge disparity between the numbers of boys versus girls entering STEM related careers in Africa. WAAW works in the entire African sub region to promote its objectives, with specific presence in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana. Our programs are geared towards building STEM capacity among African girls and promote African innovation, and include Scholarships for college Girls in STEM disciplines, STEM camps for girls ages 11 through 15 and STEM Cell Initiatives to benefit secondary school girls.
As part of the scholarship requirements, each of these girls will be a part of our STEM Cell Fellows that will initiate STEM Cell Units in various Secondary schools in their home country; this is an opportunity for the girls to also give back to their communities and start encouraging other young women to consider and remain in STEM Education.