missio Scholarship Fund under Review
On request of missio, their Scholarship Fund granted to the Institute of Social Communications (ISC) was assessed by CAMECO. Findings and recommendations of the review were presented to missio and the ISC in January 2016 which was followed by an intensive discussion process with the Director of the ISC, Fr. Narcisio Cellan, and the missio project officer in charge of Kenya. Respective changes in connection with the scholarship fund will be applied in the next funding period.
The fund has been allocated without interruption since 2001 and up to date, a total amount of more than EUR 90, 000 have been allocated to the ISC for scholarships. missio approached CAMECO to review whether the underlying objectives and policies of the scholarship fund are still on track and fulfilled, whether the scholarship criteria and procedures are adequate and to learn more about the job perspectives of the beneficiaries, etc.
The review included in-depth document reviews of project files and material available at the ISC. A field visit to the ISC/Tangaza University College and personal interviews with the Academic Advisor, various lecturers of the ISC as well as current misso scholarship holders. Besides, an online survey was sent to fourty scholarship beneficiaries.
Basic recommendations of the review are related to the scope of the fund, its geographical focus and transparency.
Raising Scope: The missio scholarship will cover tuition and miscellaneous fees for all semesters of a grantee’s study period (BA or MA) – on condition that he/she continues to meet the required performance level. So far, fees for one semester per academic year are financed only while times of allocation vary greatly.
Enhance regional focus: Currently, more than 80% of the scholarship holders are Kenyans. In order to increase the benefit for the region, in future, at least 80% of allocated scholarships and intake must be awarded to students coming from member countries of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) other than Kenya.
Improve transparency: The Screening Committee is requested to develop traceable and documented indicators for all candidates and an assessment sheet, for instance in form of a common template for each application, indicating the main arguments for acceptance or refusal of each candidate.
To give all ISC students an equal chance and opportunity to learn about and apply for the missio scholarship, the ad hoc personal announcement of the scholarship has to be abandoned. Instead we recommend publicly disseminating its availability in an adequate form, e.g. at least on the ISC notice board, in the students’ handbook, on the ISC website, etc. For reaching religious beneficiaries, the ISC should inform all local congregations based in all member countries of AMECEA about the missio scholarship fund. The congregations should be furnished with this information on a regular and systematic basis.