Primary education in Malawi is free, but secondary and higher education is not. Many youth in Phalombe are unable to continue their education due to little or no financial support from their impoverished communities. Most nonprofits working in Phalombe do not provide tuition assistance. Students may request funds from local government agencies, which have limited resources and assist only a small fraction of students, for a short time.
Through our Student Tuition Program, we provide ‘comprehensive’ scholarships for students entering the program in high school and ‘tuition only’ scholarships for students entering our program during their higher education.
Through a comprehensive scholarship, we cover the cost of educational expenses and provide for most daily needs in order for the students we support to remain in school and focus on their studies during the entire school year. This includes participating in our broader set of Student Support Programs. Guardians are required to provide basic school supplies and extra food items in order to take part in the youths’ education. This support starts during a student’s sophomore year of high school and continues through the end of their higher education.
Support through our ‘tuition only’ scholarships starts at the higher education level. The students we support through our tuition only these scholarships have already found the means to graduate from high school and have been accepted to university, but cannot afford the increased university tuition fees. We cover tuition costs. The students are responsible for finding support to cover the cost of their basic necessities.
Our goal is to provide youth with a solid educational foundation and support system, equipping them with the skills needed to obtain steady and relevant employment.
We enroll students beginning in their sophomore year after they have demonstrated a commitment to their education. To become a beneficiary of our Student Tuition Program, each applicant must complete an application, write an essay regarding how he/she values education, participate in an interview, complete a written test, and provide teacher and community references. Our Malawi In-Country Director completes a home visit to verify that the applicant is truly in need of support prior to presenting students to our Malawi Board of Directors and U.S. office for their final approval.