2015 Ms. JD International Scholars
Asio Esther: Asio Esther is a first year law student at Makerere University. Here is a statement from Asio:
My name is Asio Esther Cissy. I am ranked second in a family of three with one brother and a sister. My father who was the only firm financial source in our family was stopped from work in 2002 when I was in primary three. My mother was working with Action Aid Uganda but after my primary examination, she was retrenched from work. As a result, my parents could not afford the school fees for my secondary education. A distant aunt paid my first and second term fees at St. Mathias Kalemba for senior one but her siblings died so she had to take care of her nice and nephews so she could not pa y for me anymore. I was almost dropping out of school as all my hope was lost.
During my stay home, short of my knowledge FAWE was giving out scholarships for higher education but I learnt of it late when I didn’t even have an admission. I didn’t lose hope I went back to FAWE early 2013 and they told me about the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University and as soon as the senior six results were out, I was advised by FAWE to try applying for a sponsorship under the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.
Fortunately, I was shortlisted, went for the interview and after a while, I was informed that I was not successful for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program but for the Ms. JD Global Fund scholarship. I was so happy and overwhelmed as this meant that I could continue with my studies. I informed my parents who also were so happy and grateful. Up to now I am still in joy and grateful to Ms. JD Global Education Fund for this great opportunity that they have given to me to enable me continue with my studies in the School of Law.
Thank you very much for the support you have offered to me and may the good lord bless you.
Nzira Allen: Nzira Allen is a first-year law student at Makerere University. Here is a statement from Nzira: I am 20 years old, a first year Law student at Makerere University. My father is a Casual Laborer while my mother is a house wife. School fees for my secondary education was managed through a collective contribution from relatives, well-wishers and my father. I studied History, Economics and Literature in Advanced Level Secondary School and I obtained 14 points. This qualified me to sit for pre-entry Law examination which a passed and was admitted to Makerere University on private scheme. However, I knew that my university education would be a struggle because I was not sure of the finances considering the past experience. When I learnt of the Ms. JD Scholarship at the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate, I applied and I was successful. This was such a big relief for my father and I was very excited. I have a settled mind knowing that my tuition, functional fees and accommodation is fully catered for by Ms. JD Global Education Fund. I am very grateful for the financial support.