Ugandan student scholarship programme at Winchester University – official agreement signed

Our collaboration with Winchester University on a scholarship programme for a Ugandan student from the Kasese region to study at Winchester University has now come to fruition.  The scheme provides for funding at the standard rate for a British student on the basis that the programme is funded by Winchester Rotary.  Our first student is Thomas Bwambale (known to our members, following his internship at Tools for Self Reliance last year) who has just started his four year course in Computer Science with Foundation Year.

On Tuesday 19th September a small group attended the Vice Chancellor’s office at the University and the V-C Sarah Greer along with the pro V-C Sam Jones kindly hosted us with coffee before the agreement was formally signed. We were able to discuss Thomas’ background and life back in Uganda as well as his aspirations in the UK.  

We also touched on the fact that there is a connection between the two regions beyond the Rotary world, in that one of the first governors of the area in the 19th Century was Sir Gerald Portal from the famous family based in Whitchurch and who ran the paper mill until recently making Bank Notes for the Bank of England. He had a nearby town to Kasese, Fort Portal, named after him and the Winchester team who visited last year, have seen the statue erected to him in the town centre. 

The historic signing of this agreement was attended by Winchester Rotary President Les Haswell (our official signatory),  Immediate Past President Deborah Macartney (who helped get the idea off the ground), myself as lead for the scholarship project, and of course Thomas.

There will no doubt much more about the benefits of this scholarship in the months and years to come.

Photos can be seen here: Scholarship agreement

Nick Bell

Scholarship Lead

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