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Summer is officially here, school is out and holidays are underway! We here at ACCES hope that you’re taking advantage of this time of year to connect with family and friends!

In Kenya, staff were busy with the orientation session for the 61 new scholarship awardees from our 2019 competitive intake, preparing the contracts, materials and workshops for this important all-day event. Orientation is when new students learn all about ACCES, and begin their journey of education! 

Here in Canada, we’re gearing up for the most difficult, and expensive time of year, when we have to send over large payments for fees that are due, especially the final fees for students taking their exams. And of course, as we mentioned last time, this is the time of year with the lowest number of donations.

If you’re passionate about education and want to make sure ACCES is well positioned financially, will you consider converting from an annual to a monthly donation? Or can you afford an extra small amount today?

ACCES is grateful for your continued and loyal support, and our students thank you for your generosity! 

GIVE NOW

Students, staff and KAC members at Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology

New Students Selected

ACCES staff and Kenya Advisory Committee (KAC) members vetted all 503 eligible 2019 applications from the 4th to 6th of June, shortlisting a total of 220 students for interviews. After conducting interviews from the 11th to 13th of June, a total of 150 students were shortlisted for home visits to verify the information given about their family, financial circumstances and other criteria to ensure eligibility to receive a scholarship award.

Home visits were conducted from the 17th to 20th of June 2019 ending with a total of 61 students (31 in University, 25 in middle level colleges and 5 in TIVET) having been awarded an ACCES scholarship, 35 males and 26 females. Orientation was conducted on the 4th of July.

As we’ve mentioned previously, the main eligibility criteria is for the student to have high marks, and to be from a financially challenged background, thereby unable to enrol into a post-secondary institution without assistance. ACCES helps these high achieving students to obtain financial assistance from multiple sources, including community funds, bursaries, student loans, and then finally, an ACCES scholarship to subsidize the remaining requirements for them to get full access to a post-secondary education. 

The average cost to support one student is $600 per year, but by 2020, this amount will go up to $700 due to increases in tuition, as well as the cost of living.

If you’ve never experienced the satisfaction of supporting a student, please act now, and give one of these new students the opportunity of a lifetime.

ACCES staff and AAA student with Chancellor at Kibabi University

Update on the 2018 AGM

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the 2018 AGM on June 15th. We enjoyed a lively and entertaining talk by Ethan Carlson, an MBA student who had the opportunity to visit ACCES in Kakamega, and shared his impression with us, as well as a humorous account of his own journey in education, and a new found passion for helping others. We look forward to seeing great things from Ethan! 

We also heard from VJ Terzic, a UBC Sauder MBA grad who also was in Kenya working with entrepreneurs in the slums of Nairobi. VJ is currently working on a capacity and feasibility study to help ACCES in Kenya forge ahead with their plans to expand Kenyanization in the ACCES Alumni Association. 

Many thanks to our board members, and especially our President Tobin Postma, who has worked particularly hard in 2018 to ensure that ACCES remains a vibrant, innovative and stable organization.

Most of all, thanks to ACCES founders Beth and George Scott, whose devotion, passion and forward thinking leadership have ensured that ACCES has gotten to the 25th year in splendid fashion, and without whom, more than 3200 Kenyans may never have gone to university, and tens of thousands of others would not have benefitted from the many programs that have been implemented over these 25 years. Those of us who rode on your coattails to help them, and those who benefitted from your extraordinary vision, we thank you!

Left: ACCES staff at Kibabi graduation; Right: AAA Student Clubs conducting de-jiggering

Want to change the world?

 
Want to meet other interesting people? If you answered yes, then we’re interested in you! ACCES is seeking people for its Board of Directors in Vancouver.
 
ACCES is specifically looking to fill the following table officer roles, but don’t let that stop you from connecting with us for more information about being a director in any role. We meet on the last Monday of the month nine times in a year.

Treasurer’s Role
The Treasurer is a director on the Society Board, and:

  • Provides financial oversight and advice to the Board
  • Works with the Executive Director to ensure compliance with CRA
  • Ensures annual filings are completed by ACCES staff with BC Societies and CRA

Requirements for Secretary’s Position
Applicants will have:

  • Approximately 3 to 4 hours per month to devote to the position. 
  • Experience in accounting and/or bookkeeping. 
  • Permanent residency in Vancouver, BC Canada

We encourage you to phone or email:
         
Beth Scott, Past President and Chair of the Search Committee
Telephone:  (604) 538-7267                Email:  acces@shaw.ca

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