Daystar Awards Scholarships to 107 Students
Daystar University has awarded scholarships to 107 students for the 2017-2018 financial year. This was announced on Monday September 7, 2017 at the ICT Theatre, Athi River Campus. Fifty-four beneficiaries received the Daystar full scholarship while 53 were awarded a work-study scholarship.
The Vice Chancellor urged the recipients to remain committed to the vision and mission of Daystar, saying that it is the basis on which the scholarships were given. He further encouraged them to appreciate the gifts that God has given each one of them by serving others.
“Through your gifts you can render service to your fellow students, minister through your Church, give clothes to the less fortunate or encourage someone,“ he urged.
Prof. Wachira, noted that receiving only leads to the unhealthy dependency syndrome unlike giving which releases one from being a receiver and welcomes him or her to the table of givers. He emphasized that God created us to be net-givers and not net-receivers.
The VC further noted that people do not necessarily give because they had too much but rather out of commitment, and sometimes do so sacrificially.
The Chair of the Financial Aid Committee Prof James Kombo, who is also the DVC Academic Affairs, thanked the University for setting aside scholarship funds. He revealed that the beneficiaries were carefully selected based on the information presented.
Echoing the Vice-chancellor, the Corporate Affairs and Marketing Manager, Mrs. Damaris Kimilu said that every dollar given towards scholarships is out of compassion and not out of abundance. “People have denied themselves for a needy Daystar student to be in class,” she said, calling on the students to be brand ambassadors for Christ, who is the ‘Daystar’ arising in a dark world.
Assistant Chaplain Rev. Josphat Musili reminded the students that as they benefiting from scholarships gives them a responsibility to honor God with their lives, conduct and work. “Anyone whose heart desires to honor the Lord has no problem interacting with others,” he submitted.
Each year, Daystar University sets aside over Kshs 40 million for student scholarships. The money is raised from friends and partners of the University through the Daystar US fundraising office, University budgetary allocation, and through the Corporate Affairs department locally.. Daystar faculty and staff also contribute monthly to the scholarship fund through the Daystar Family Donor initiative.
The money is given as full or partial scholarships to deserving students based on the level of the need. Students are eligible for scholarship from their second year of study.