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How a Kenyan Student Won a Scholarship to Study Pharmacy in 2010- What it takes to Win Scholarships.

Extraordinary Scholarship for a Kenyan Pharmacy Student

Myron Odingo- a young Kenyan student from a “humble background” was awarded what the Keele University called “the chance of a lifetime” to study Pharmacy at a UK university, through a unique sponsorship scheme offered by the Keele University and global pharmaceutical company sanofi-aventis.

Myron Odingo- a Kenyan Citizen who studied at Starehe Boys’ Centre in Kenya will begin his studies at Keele this month after winning the fully funded place at the Staffordshire university. Myron had to survive through a rigorous selection process to be awarded the sanofi-aventis Scholarship for the four-year MPharm Pharmacy degree at Keele University.

The scholarship is meant to cover the cost of tuition fees, on-campus accommodation, a contribution to living expenses and airfares. The scholarship is an extraordinary offer that allows an exceptional kenyan student the chance to study in the UK.

Why was this Candidate Selected?
Hundreds of candidates from Kenyan state schools applied for the scholarship but only 20, who met the stringent selection criteria, based on academic excellence and experience of a broader contribution to the community, were invited for a written examination. Five were shortlisted for interview and a presentation and 19-year-old Myron was selected for the one offer.
Myron story was one that could have an emotional effect on any scholarship committee and it was told well enough to win him the extraordinary scholarship. May be you can learn one or two things from him. In his story, he said: “I come from a humble background – my father is currently jobless and my mother runs the family, while still doing her studies under minimum wage.”
While studying, Myron gave up full vacations to do voluntary community service work in hospitals and a municipal library. And he has been working for a volunteer service programme conducting interviews in the Kibera slums to help in research aimed at “improving the living conditions of the less privileged in society”.

David Wachira, Senior Admissions Master at Starehe, in his recommendation said: “I strongly recommend Myron to you as a vibrant, well-mannered, intelligent and talented young man who will definitely make good use of this opportunity.”

Ty Hughes, Regional Business Director Midlands, sanofi-aventis said: “Sanofi-aventis has a history of working with universities, such as Keele, that are respected for their work in the healthcare sector. It gives me great pleasure today to see the results of this particular partnership in such a deserving student as Myron. I’m looking forward to watching his progress throughout the programme, and onto his future career.”

Myron Odingo might not have been the applicant with the best academic performance, but there was more to his extracurricular involvement and background that out performed the other candidates and make everyone interested in him. You need more than excellent school grades to win scholarships.

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