Update 2015-2016

Many thanks to all FURTHER Scholars who have provided documentation for helping us reach a decision on renewal of awards. Unfortunately, three of the renewal applicants were consistently far below the required Grade Point Average of 3.0 or equivalent. We were therefore unable to renew for those students. Based on the information provided, we are happy to renew full funding, with an upward adjustment for inflation, for the following Scholars:

Fahad Imran, FAST-NU Islamabad
Fouzia Shaif, Nishtar Medical College, Multan
Muhammad Adnan Khan, FAST-NU Peshawar
Muhammad Zakir FAST-NU Islamabad
Shazia Shafi, Nishtar Medical College, Multan
Sohail Ahmad Shahzad, NUST-EME Rawalpindi
Zain Muhammad, Ayub Medical College Abbottabad
Zia Ur Rahman, Ayub Medical College Abbottabad
Zohaib Shabir Saeedi, NUST Islamabad

Scholarship payments for the academic year will be made in two installments which will be deposited in your designated accounts by 31 October 2015 and 1 March 2016, respectively. If you do not receive your payment by these dates, please send us an email. We request you to be always patient with us because we have no paid staff and usually a single volunteer works hard to take care of all aspects. Please also note that you must provide us your latest academic results by 31 January 2016 so that your second instalment may be released on time. Meanwhile, if there is any change in your financial situation, please do keep us informed.

Today marks the completion of 4 years of FURTHER Scholarships to university students of merit in Pakistan. In terms of figures, this is our lowest year for available funding as well as the number of students who received awards. We are trying hard to improve funding for next year and need the cooperation of all graduating FURTHER Scholars. Please don’t forget to put us on your CVs together with our website address to increase awareness among private and public employers. This is particularly true for those FURTHER Scholars who have now been working for a few years and might be in a good position to spread the word about us.

All the best to everyone for the year ahead. We’re proud of you and proud to be a part of your efforts for a better future.

Scholarship Awards 2015-2016

We hope that all FURTHER Scholars had a good summer holiday and are back at their educational institutions for another great year. We are very proud of your achievements and are committed to supporting you through to the end of your degree programs.

Please help us determine your eligibility for renewal of scholarship this year by providing the following by Sunday, 20 September 2015:

  1. A scanned copy or screen-shot of latest academic transcript or marks sheet showing current and cumulative GPA or marks.
  2. Expected month and year of graduation from current degree programme.
  3. A short essay describing your current financial situation and how FURTHER has helped you so far.
Please note the date above and do not miss it. We shall not be able to release your scholarship payment in October if we don’t receive this information by the stated deadline. All the best.

Renewal of Awards 2014-2015

We hope that all FURTHER Scholars are having a good academic year and making progress towards their respective degrees. An email was sent out to everyone about the requirements for renewal of scholarships for the second half of academic year 2014-2015. Please reply to the email by Friday, 23 January 2015, with the following:

  1.  A scanned copy or screen-shot of latest academic transcript or marks sheet showing current and cumulative GPA or marks.
  2. Expected month and year of graduation from current degree programme.
  3. A one-page CV showing academic history, work experience, and extra-curricular interests.
  4. A recent colour photograph.

We need this information to update the FURTHER Scholar profiles in our records and to renew scholarships. We will not be able to process scholarship payments in February if we do not receive all of the above by Friday, 23 January 2015. Unfortunately, we have no staff or resources to send reminders or provide exceptions or accept excuses. All the best to everyone for the remainder of the academic year.

Scholarship Awards 2014-2015

Many thanks to FURTHER Scholars who submitted their reports for renewal of scholarship for the current academic year. In spite of severe constraints, we have managed to renew scholarships for all candidates from last year who are continuing their studies. Congratulations to all of you.

However, this is the first time we are unable to offer new scholarships in an academic year. Our funding has reached a low point and this is a matter of both concern and disappointment for us. We rely on the good word of our Scholars once they graduate and find jobs to remember and mention us to their employers as well as others who may be able to contribute. Please remember that all of us have an obligation to our fellow human beings.

We have pledged nearly Rs. 1,500,000 in scholarship and relief aid for the 9 months of the academic year starting in September 2014 and ending in June 2015. The scholarships shall be disbursed in two equal installments in October 2014 and March 2015. Full details shall be provided in an email to be sent shortly to each recipient. Funding has been renewed for the following FURTHER Scholars:

Haseeb Ahmed Khan Jadoon, FAST-NU Islamabad
Hassam Bashir, NUST Islamabad
Fahad Imran, FAST-NU Islamabad
Fouzia Shafi, Nishtar Medical College Multan
Muhammad Adnan Khan, FAST-NU Peshawar
Muhammad Ammar Khan, NUST Islamabad
Muhammad Ayaz, De’Montmorency Dentistry College Lahore
Muhammad Qayyum, NUST Islamabad
Muhammad Shehryar Raza, FAST-NU Lahore
Muhammad Zakir FAST-NU Islamabad
Rida Naeem, NUST-EME Rawalpindi
Samreen Hassan, FAST-NU Islamabad
Shazia Shafi, Nishtar Medical College Multan
Sikandar Baig, FAST-NU Islamabad
Sohail Ahmad Shahzad, NUST-EME Rawalpindi
Zain Muhammad, Ayub Medical College Abbottabad
Zia Ur Rahman, Ayub Medical College Abbottabad
Zohaib Shabir Saeedi, NUST Islamabad

Congratulations and good luck for the academic year. Please remember to mention FURTHER to your peers, professors, and other associates so that all of us may continue to meet our obligations to our fellow human beings. Thank you.

Scholarship Awards 2013-2014

Today marks the completion of our third year of scholarship awards for deserving and talented university students in Pakistan. All candidates interviewed last week have successfully verified their documents and have been awarded FURTHER Scholarships for 2013-2014. Details shall be provided in the award letter which will be emailed shortly. Successful candidates must submit a fully executed Affidavit before they can start receiving their scholarship payments. Please send a scanned copy of the completed Affidavit by email and follow it up with the original via post. The Affidavit may be attested by a government officer (Grade 17 or above), a bank branch manager, a university professor, or a notary public.

We have pledged about Rs. 1,500,000 in scholarship and relief aid for the next 9 months. This amount shall be distributed among 23 highly deserving young people. The students were selected through a transparent and efficient process over a period of 6 weeks. Our awareness campaign had limitations of time and budget but we were able to reach a highly deserving pool of talented candidates in a very short time. We assigned each candidate a score based on need (50 points), academic ability (35 points) and quality of academic programme (15 points). In assessing the latter, we considered the University’s curriculum as well as reputation among students and employers. Our over-arching philosophy was to identify financially distressed young people who are doing well at reputable institutions so that they can find good jobs upon graduation and thus help their families and communities. The following statistics provide a clear snapshot of the quality and need of the successful candidates:

  • Average GPA: 3.47 (Source: University Transcript)
  • Average Intermediate Score: 82.80% (Source: HSC Certificate)
  • Average Matriculation Score: 86.92% (Source: SSC Certificate)
  • Average Household Income: Rs. 18,158 per month (Source: Proof of Income)
  • Average Number of Dependents: 5.26 (Source: Family Form B)
  • Average Household Income per Dependent: Rs. 3,452 per month

Congratulations to all our successful applicants. We are proud of your courage and commitment. As long as we have young people like you, this country may yet have a future. We have learned from you a good deal about our society, our values, and ourselves. You have also helped us understand a few things that will hopefully enable us to become better administrators of this Trust. Thank you and good luck.