Africa University, a United Methodist-related institution who has been committed to shaping the future of its youth for over 30 years, recently awarded two scholarships that were made available through GNJ’s participation in shared ministry.
The recipients of the Greater New Jersey Conference Endowed Scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year were Emmanuel Gasaba of Burundi and Priscilla Kanyai of Zimbabwe. Gasaba also received the Norman Charles Olsen Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund for the same year.
The Africa University Fund is one of seven funds supported by United Methodists across the connection as a part of shared ministry. The University was founded in 1988 to meet the emerging socio-economic and political needs This year, Africa University has an enrollment of 2,539, which represents 25 of the 55 nations of Africa. Females comprise 54 percent of that enrollment.
Munashe Furusa, Africa University’s vice chancellor, recently said at the 25th commencement, “Our alumni have gone on to take their place among the leaders, movers and shakers of this continent and the world and are reimagining our space in ways that we never thought possible.”
A recent graduate, Claudine Migisha, echoed this sentiment when she said, “When I think of Africa University, I see a powerful institution where young women and girls are given the room to thrive, where they develop a sense of self- worth because they realize that so many people care about them and are cheering them.”