The government has released list of the 2019/2020 students’ loan scheme beneficiaries.
The loan scheme is a fund intended to provide financing to Ugandan students who have qualified for higher education in recognized institutions of higher learning but are unable to support themselves financially.
While releasing the list on Tuesday at Uganda Media Centre, State Minister for Higher Education Dr John Chrysestom Muyingo said 1,834 of the 7,310 students who applied were eligible. Of these 1,216 are males (66 per cent), 618 are females (34 per cent); 370 awardees are taking diploma programmes.
“In awarding these loans, we have a deliberate effort to ensure equity, regional balance, gender balance and socio-economic balance. Many upcountry districts have contributed fairly many students to the list of beneficiaries,” he said.
As much as beneficiaries of the loans have been sourced from across the country, they are students of the selected accredited universities that include Makerere, Kyambogo, Mbarara, Busitema, Gulu, Muni, Nkumba, Ndejje, Bugema, and Nkozi universities.
Others are Islamic University in Uganda, Kampala International and Uganda Christian University.
Rev. Fr Prof Callisto Locheng, the chairman of the scheme’s board said students who have already obtained government scholarship have not been offered the loans, because “they were limiting opportunities for other needy students to access higher education.