Maiden scholarships from Pohamba Foundation
The Hifikepunye Pohamba Foundation (HPF) which was launched in June last year, handed over scholarships worth a total of N$95,000 and laptops worth a total of N$67,000 to seven students, earlier this week.
Dr Kalumbi Shangula, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the new foundation said that the objectives of the fund is to provide bursaries and scholarships to students and learners and to refurbish, maintain and extend schools or facilities at schools. “The Foundation helps learners and students from primary level up to university level, adding that to qualify students must be Namibian, an orphan or vulnerable child or a person living with a disability and must have a proven record of outstanding educational performance.
He stated that although all the students who have received scholarships this year are from either the Polytechnic of Namibia(PoN) or The University of Namibia (UNAM), students who have been accepted at institutions outside the country may also apply for a scholarship. “We will call for the students to apply again in October this year, and applicants must be clear of the requirements and to attach the correct documents,” he appealed.
The students who received the first scholarships and laptops are Dimitri Andries (PoN), Rosalia Ndiiweda (UNAM), Ruusa Haufiku (UNAM), Mercy Sinkolela (UNAM), Nicodemus Nambahu (UNAM), Silver Hevita (UNAM) and Christiaan Isethe (UNAM). Most of the students are studying Animal Science, Animal Nutrition and Food Science.
Mr Nicodemus Nambahu, 3rd year Animal Science student at UNAM thanked the Foundation and said that he plans to work very hard and to make a difference especially in the nutrition of animals in Namibia.
All the activities of the Hifikepunye Pohamba Foundation are geared to food security through education and the trustees appealed to prospective donors who want to be associated with this noble cause to make generous financial and in-kind contributions to the foundation.