Malawi President Joyce Banda on Saturday received 25 scholarships from Alabama State University, United States of America, that will see Malawian students studying in that country during the next four years.
State House in a press statement issued on Saturday said the scholarships the President received are in addition to three that she received from Troy University and offered to three girls who passed the 2011/12 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) with seven points.
The statement signed by presidential secretary Steven Nhlane reads:
“The scholarships were facilitated by 100x Development Foundation which runs various programmes in Malawi in orphan care, education, agriculture, to mention but a few,” he said.
Speaking during a luncheon where the scholarships were presented at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington DC, President Banda, according to the press statement, said she is concerned that deserving Malawian young people from poor families are unable to access secondary and tertiary education due lack of fees.
She is quoted as saying: “My vision for Malawi is to eradicate poverty through economic growth and wealth creation. There is no better tool for empowering people than to give them access to higher education.”
The President, said Nhlane, assured the nation and the philanthropists that the Joyce Banda Foundation and the Ministry of Education would put in place a transparent structure to ensure that the deserving students are identified for the scholarships offered by the two universities.
Co-founder and President of 100X Development Foundation Lindy Blanchard, according to the statement, said she was proud to be associated with the education of Malawian boys and girls.