On the 6th anniversary of the commencement of our scholarship programme, we find ourselves at a crossroads. We have now helped forty (40) students graduate as doctors, engineers, computer scientists, and more. Many of them have gone on to get great jobs and are helping their families and communities. Some have found careers overseas and are making a contribution to the global economy. These are all matters of great satisfaction for us.
But there is a less satisfying side to this story. Once they graduate, FURTHER Scholars do not contact us again. This is equally as true of those who graduated in 2012 as of those who graduated in 2017. We do not expect you, our former Scholars, to contribute to funding in your first 10 years of work. However, we do expect you to keep in touch and to put in a good word-of-mouth for us at your work places and in your professional community. Your word might inspire others in your circle to contribute to FURTHER. You could mention us in your CV or on your website – as a matter of pride, that you received a scholarship from FURTHER, where only 1 in 10 candidates is successful.
Instead, we find that we are conspicuously absent from your CVs and your websites. Almost as if, far from being proud of your past and the hard work that made you turn your life around, you are ashamed that you once turned to FURTHER for financial help. This is not a good state of mind for you. We are proud of what you have accomplished. You should be too. Please show us that by giving us some space on your CVs and web pages. Others like you who still have ways to go to get where you are, deserve this from you. They are still counting on us to help them, as you did once. By giving us due recognition, for coming to your aid when you needed it most, you will be aiding those who need it most now. All FURTHER Scholars, please think about that. Carefully. Know yourselves, know who you are and where you’ve come from, acknowledge it, and be proud of it. It will help you and help those who now need assistance as you once did.
It turns out that all FURTHER Scholars from 2016 have either graduated this year or are close to it. However, we have found some deserving new students and will be committing Rs. 100,000 to each of them for the current academic year. Even though our funding is lower than it was in our early years, and therefore we are unable to commit any funds to advertising, we are still able to reach some remarkably deserving students. In view of the funding situation, we are increasingly inclined to favour those candidates who are highly motivated in their studies and determined as well as equipped to get good jobs. The purpose is to make each unit of our limited funding return the greatest number of units for the benefit of our Scholars and their families. Some of our female Scholars in the past got married soon after graduation and did not work. This is essentially a waste of our limited resources. We therefore advise all female candidates to apply only if they are highly motivated to work. In this respect, we have found that female students at medical institutions are strong candidates for our scholarships because they are motivated to use their skills as doctors for the benefit of the family and the community. We therefore encourage all medical students, male and female, to apply.
Congratulations to all those who have graduated this year and to those who have qualified for funding this year. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.
All FURTHER Scholars who received stipends in 2016-17 are hereby invited to apply for renewal of their scholarships. Please note that if you have graduated already or will graduate before December 2017, then you are not eligible to renew. We do have some spare funds this year to issue new scholarships so if you know somoene who is in need, please ask them to write to us. We’ve had no time to advertise this year, but we would like to be able to use all the spare funds to help students. However, please remember that need is not the only criteria we consider. There should be some evidence that the student will do well enough in their studies to get a job good enough to meet their needs. We are looking for self-motivated, capable students who are ready for the workplace – both in terms of their attitude and their academic success. Thank you.
We look forward to receiving renewal requests from all current FURTHER Scholars who will graduate in December 2017 or later. Please send your latest transcript in response to our email request which you would have already received. We must receive your reply no later than 5 PM on Friday, 22 September 2017, in order to process your payment by the middle of October. Thank you.
The second installment of scholarships for 2016-2017 was released on 14 March 2017. All current FURTHER Scholars are requested to monitor their bank accounts and to acknowledge receipt of their scholarship funds. Thank you for your cooperation.
All FURTHER Scholars who applied for renewal have been granted a scholarship in the amount of Rs. 90,000. Thank you all for your cooperation and for submitting all required documents in a timely fashion. For many of you, this is your last year in your current degree programme and we wish you all the best in this critical phase of your career.
Today marks the completion of 6 years of the FURTHER Scholarship programme and we are delighted to be of service to talented students in need. It is also 7 years to the day since the person who inspired FURTHER passed away and his memory is of great inspiration to us in continuing this programme.