MA Communication Students Raise Funds to Support Fellow Students
On 14th March 2018, two deserving MA Communication students received financial support from fellow MA Communication students, to enable them continue pursuing their studies at Daystar University.
Drusilla Anyango Ouma received Kshs 50,000 while Susan Nekesa Shiundu was awarded Kshs 30, 000. This was the 5th scholarship, courtesy of the Master Communicators Welfare Association (MCWA), a body that rallies together MA Communication students to support fellow MA Communication students, who have financial challenges. The guest of honor at this event was Hillary Sang, himself an MA Communication student. He raised Kshs 47,000. The other MA Communication students who have been guest of honors, in the past are Mercy Agnes Mwamba (2017), Andrew Balondemu (2016) and a PhD Communication student Nenkai Nthumba (2015).
The kitty has always received support from Daystar University faculty and staff. Among the 2018 contributors was Daystar University Quality Assurance Director Dr. Sylvia Tuikong, Faith Musau, the first MCWA chair who graduated in 2015, also sent her contribution. Faith continues to popularize MCWA among her colleagues and friends.
MCWA was a seed planted to MA Communication students by Sr. Prof. A. L. Lando on 14th March 2013 during COM 621X class. Her greatest concern was the realization that a number of MA Communication students fail to sit the end of semester exams because of fee balances. Since then, for the 5th time in a row, MCWA has been raising funds to help clear fee their balances.
Hillary Sang noted that postgraduate students, especially those in private universities, are perceived by society as not lacking fees because they are expected to have a solid financial support and plan before embarking on their studies. However, he said, due to one reason or another, people can lack, and so postgraduate students in a private university such as Daystar can also lack school fees. He cited varied reasons such as retrenchment and family obligations for students with parental responsibilities. “I am therefore becoming a life member and supporter of MCWA. I am going to champion the campaign of MA Communication students for MA Communication students,” said Sang.
The Patron of MCWA, Sr. Prof. Lando, thanked everyone who in one way or another have supported MCWA, and thus, helped an MA Communication student of Daystar University to continue with his/her studies. “For us, every contribution counts, for as our motto states ‘Little is Much when Humanity Cooperates with God’ (Mark 4: 30-32). It is this little contribution that has enabled MCWA to support eight MA Communication students complete their course work,” said Sr. Prof. Lando. She particularly thanked those MA Communication students who are not in session but are dedicated to MCWA. She singled out the current MCWA Chairman, Dickson Mwaniki, who lives and works in Embu but travels to Nairobi often, at his expense, to plan for MCWA.