MKU awards full scholarship to Milly Nafula, 'A-Student' from Kitale now working at a Posho mill

for Tv47 Digital January 12, 2022, 06:34 AM
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Milly Nafula Barasa, the 'A-student' who failed to join university and pursue her dream of becoming a doctor 14 years ago, has been offered a scholarship by Mount Kenya University.

Speaking during the institution's 20th Graduation Ceremony at Thika Main Campus today, founder and Board of Directors chairman Prof Simon Gicharu said the scholarship will enable Nafula finally achieve her dream.

"I was touched when I saw her story on TV," said Prof. Gicharu. "I asked myself, how can we as Kenyans allow her to stay at home for so many years just because she can't afford to join university. I would like to inform this congregation that we will give a scholarship to her."

The scholarship covers tuition fees for her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery course. "This will enable her actualise her dreams," added Prof. Gicharu.

Nafula wrote her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exam at Manor High School, Kitale in 2007. Her mean grade of A- was of 71 points.

Owing to lack of school fees, knocking doors here and there that were all unopened, she resorted to working at a Posho mill.

Two days ago, the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service said Nafula had been admitted to Moi University in 2008 to pursue a Bachelor of Tourism Management course.

The MKU scholarship is not the first that the institution has offered to students who had reached the end of their financial tether.

In today's graduation ceremony, one of the graduands -Daniel Sifa Wanje- studied Clinical Medicine on full scholarship. In 2017, he had offered to sell his kidney to raise fees before Prof. Gicharu, through the MKU Foundation, stepped in and offered him the scholarship.

MKU Scholarships

Other successful MKU scholarship beneficiaries include Jespher Nyaboke who travelled from Kisii County to Thika Main Campus with nothing but an admission letter and the clothes on her back (she survived on sweets and water until Prof. Gicharu intervened), and Moses Thuo to whom desperation had shunted to the mundane life as welder, never mind his B-Minus grade in KCSE.

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