The University of Botswana’s strategic objective is to increase the number of full-time graduate students. Through research and higher learning, graduate students will contribute towards the achievement of Botswana’s Vision 2016 goal of “educated and informed nation”.
As of now, sources of funding for graduate students are limited. The University of Botswana Foundation launched in the year 2000, established an Endowment Fund and other scholarships funded by Botswana Insurance Fund Management (BIFM) and Books Botswana to support deserving graduate students to study at the University of Botswana. A new named scholarship was introduced in year 2011. The scholarship is funded by Northern Trust.
This year alone, 18 scholarships given in honour of University of Botswana post graduate students. Out of the 18 scholarships, 15 of the scholarships were from UB Foundation, 1 from Books Botswana, 1 from BIFM and 1 from Northern Trust.
Below is what some of the scholarship recipients had to say about the awards;
"This opportunity has enabled that I pursue the career of my dreams" - Fiji Phuti - Med (Counseling & Human Services)
"By awarding me this benevolent scholarship the foundation has lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning and practicum." Galathwe Legae - MA (Social Work)
|"Thank you so much for awarding me the UB foundation Scholarship. Your foundation’s generous scholarship means so much to me and my family." Sethunya R Joseph - MA (Library and Information Studies)|
|"Your generous support has inspired me to help others and give back to the community." Baitshephi Mashabe (Northen Trust Scholarship Recipient) - MA (Statistics)|
|"...this benevolent assistance was indeed a social safety net for me when all avenues were closed for me and this assistance opened that corridor of life to enable me take up my studies" Gabobofane Johnston Matlhare - Med (Adult Education)|
The University of Botswana Foundation has awarded 98 scholarships to UB graduate students as at August 2011. To all our generous partners, we value you!