Mugabe scholarship scheme revived

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s scholarship scheme has been revived three months after it was suspended due to non-availability of funds.

Chris Mushohwe, head of the presidential scholarship programme, invited applicants for 2015 in an advert flighted last weekend.

“The executive director of the presidential scholarship programme invites applications for scholarships for the 2015 academic year which are tenable at the universities of South Africa,” reads the advert.

“The presidential scholarship programme targets able but disadvantaged students mainly from rural schools in remote districts of the country’s provinces, intent on pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the universities in South Africa.”

The fund will sponsor students who have interests in engineering, architectural sciences, health sciences, actuarial sciences, veterinary sciences, biological sciences, information technology, agriculture, accounting, law and youth development.

Mushohwe was unreachable for further comment yesterday.

In March, Mushohwe called a press briefing to announce that enrolment had been suspended due to the drying up of funds.

“Because of lack of funding, we have stopped taking students until we are done with the current lot because we don’t have enough funding for the project,” Mushohwe, who is also minister for Manicaland province, said.

“I will be travelling to South Africa next week to negotiate with their landlords (students’ landlords) and sign commitment documents so that we guarantee their accommodation as well as inspect the places where these students are staying.”

The presidential scholarship programme was founded in 1995 to give academically gifted students from poor families a chance to study at South African universities.

Mugabe is the patron of the fund and the programme drew students from each of the country’s 10 provinces.

Due to failure by government to pay tuition and provide welfare allowances to the students, some of the students were reported to have resorted to prostitution and drug dealing to earn a living.

Reports from South Africa indicate that some institutions told the students in December last year not to return if their debts were not settled.

Zimbabwe has 450 students at the University of Johannesburg, 100 students at Wits University, with an undisclosed number of beneficiaries at other universities such as Fort Hare, Monash and KwaZulu Natal, among other institutions.


Comments (22)

It simply defies logic that these scholarships are given to students to study outside Zimbabwe yet we have so many universities locally.Worse still our economy is under- perfoming.

RAMBAKUUDZWA - 30 June 2014

The country is broke, the local universities are underfunded and yet you want to pay a premium to get students educated elsewhere doing the same courses which they by and large could have done locally?

Galore 123 - 30 June 2014

Some are sent to Australia to study events management, wasting tax payers' money! nxa! Naiye Mugabe wacho anenge achiti chii chiri kuitika? Our universities are not getting govt support, the same for our hospitals...because connected pple go to Singapore, India etc for health servces and their children are sent to South Africa, Hong Kong, Malaysiaetc for education while vedu vachitambura on local universities yet ndivo vanenge vane mapoints jahwi. This scholarship is for dull zanu pf children with very little points to enjoy our monies at the expense of the bright zimbabweans who have to endure semi cooked education at local universities.

Tongogara - 30 June 2014

These guys are struggling to take care of those currently in the program and now they want to send more kids into misery. Ngavatange vapedza nevarikuzvikoro then they can dream of relaunching this disaster of a programme

Yenzile - 30 June 2014

What is there in the forein universities that our own dont have?Why not invest in providing that to the reach of many a Zimbabwean child than a selected few while about 100 of the remaining could use the funds given to one of those privileged in our own institutions?UNECONOMICAL

Taruvinga - 1 July 2014

It is mainly meant for their children who they want to learn outside and then put a bit of window dressers in them. If you look at the pattern it is the well to do who get scholarships. I thought they should put that money to provide grants for all university students in the country.

Maita Manyuka - 2 July 2014

can i be linked on how to apply for this 2015 scholarship.

khayelihle tshabangu - 2 September 2014

I am happy because this scholarship program has been revived.I love studying overseas and I hope you will also create opportunities for those who want to study in Australia.

Polite - 27 October 2014


Fadzai - 27 October 2014

how can l be linked to the 2015 application programme

John T - 21 November 2014


BHEKILIZWE - 21 November 2014

Dear Citizens of The Republic of Zimbabwe refrain from street talk the scholarship is beneficial and open to everyone plus its an opportunity not everyone get it at same time

inspector General Sir - 10 January 2015

when are the presidential scholarships out for this year 2015. please help students from Hwange who intend to go to varsity with these scholarships. please consider that the company is not getting paid. please consider us!!!

MOREBLESSING NCUBE - 5 February 2015

please can you send me a link on how to apply

nzinda - 5 March 2015

can you please supply me with a link to apply for the next intake

constance - 13 March 2015

the scholarship indeed shows how the President cares about zimbabwe and students. We thank God for the life of our President its a blessing

FORT HARE - 20 April 2015

Can you please help, how do u apply and where

kk - 9 June 2015

chakanaka chakanaka mukaka haurungwi . Kunyange ndiri muvengi wenyu chandagona bvumawo chandatadza shoraizvenyu. I don't see anything bad about sending poor students to school since almost every President is doing that even those that you are admiring .Hapana chakaipa apa . Viva Presidential scholarship Viva.

daniel chapata - 20 June 2015

where and how can i apply. Can someone help me with a link?

Silence M Zvironzo - 4 July 2015

Please may you assist with a link or procedure for application. I am desperate please.

Tatenda - 8 August 2015

am looking for a scholarship

nyashadzashe MAPHOSA - 9 May 2016

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