The Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund
This is an environmental innovations fund set up in memory of Prof. Wangari Maathai that is aimed at developing action-oriented young people with strong values and commitment to the conservation of the physical and social environment in Kenya. Each year, the Fund will award a tertiary education scholarship to a woman who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to civic engagement and leadership in environmental conservation and peace issues in Kenya. The number of scholarships is expected to grow as more actors come on board to contribute to the fund.
Objectives of the Scholarship Fund
Targeting young women between the ages of 18 to 25, the scholarships will seek to realize the following objectives:
a) Encourage passionate young women wishing to develop their professional/educational skills and talents in the field of environmental conservation, peace and advocacy as a viable career option.
b) Encourage and promote the spirit of environmentalism as propagated by the late Prof Wangari Maathai through supporting innovative ideas that contribute to sustainable development and greater climate change adaptation within urban areas, such as the City of Nairobi.
Who can apply?
In keeping with Prof. Maathai’s vision of the Green Belt Movement’s work, applicants to this fund should explain how the environmental conservation project(s) they have started or propose to start may enhance environmental health and sustainability, and the fund’s goals of achieving a greener, cleaner and a more sustainable city.
Qualifying projects need not be limited to tree planting but may also focus on other aspects of environmental conservation and sustainability. The selected project should promote, in the target town, a continually green city that allows its inhabitants to enjoy their constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment. Supported ideas must be in line with policies and strategies of both local and national authorities such as the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA 1999), and the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA).
How can you support the Fund?
Any interested institution or individual can support the Fund. The Rockefeller Foundation, the Green Belt Movement and KCDF have created a framework on how one can take part in broadening the outreach of the fund.
For more information on how you can be involved, kindly contact:
The Wangari Maathai Scholarships Fund
Kenya Community Development
P.O Box 10501-00100