Media Release: Scholarship launch


— London, Lilongwe, Cape Town, Colombo, Melbourne, 22 September 2016

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” said Nelson Mandela, and yet the world is 50 years behind in meeting targets on achieving universal access to education for everyone according to the latest Gl0bal Education Monitoring report from UNESCO.

Today Watipa launches a new scholarship program to support education in developing countries. The scholarship program will fund young people aged 15 – 25 years to study (course costs) and provide stipends (living expenses) for 1-3 years depending on the student’s need.

“As someone who has benefitted greatly from scholarships in the past, for my own studies, I am thrilled to be launching this new scholarship program today” said Dr Lucy Stackpool-Moore, the founder and Director of Watipa. “We think that the best solutions to develop communities will come from within those communities themselves, and we are proud to be supporting young leaders who are committed to making a difference in their communities around the world” she said.

Watipa will award the first round of scholarships in December 2016, for students in countries including Malawi, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Nepal.  The scholars will stay connected with Watipa and its network of mentors, as well as being involved in the governance of the organisation after they graduate.

“We are an ethical consultancy company that is approaching development differently. We have linked our individual expertise in public health or human rights or sustainable development to the scholarship program to mentor the next generation” continued Stackpool-Moore.

The launch today is twofold: it includes the opening of the application process (deadline 2 November) as well as the crowd funding platform to give people the opportunity to support the scholarship program.

All money raised will go directly to support the scholarships and young professionals program.