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Some of the greatest needs and gaps in development in northern Uganda can be attributed to the region’s limited access to education. The Legacy Scholarship Program provides merit-based scholarships to motivated and talented secondary and university students who were affected by the LRA conflict. Through increased access to secondary, university, and vocational education, the program is educating the next generation of leaders in northern Uganda. The program is managed entirely by Ugandan staff, providing scholarships to students from Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya, Pader, Kitgum, Lamwo, and Agago districts of northern Uganda and university students from the Acholi, Lango, West Nile, Teso, and Karamoja sub regions.

Acceptance into the program was based on a combination of two things: academic performance and level of vulnerability. Level of vulnerability includes factors such as children who are orphans, heads of their household, living with HIV/AIDS, were at one point abducted by the LRA, or girls who have children. Each scholarship includes the payment of their tuition, as well as mentoring from one of Invisible Children’s full-time mentors, who are all Ugandan community members with a background in education, social work, and/or counseling. Mentors build relationships with students, helping to ensure academic accountability, encourage scholastic success, foster leadership skills, and provide career-oriented guidance.

Students who have graduated from the Legacy Scholarship Program are now able to pursue their dreams, as well as become leaders in their communities. The remaining participants in this program are due to graduate by 2017.

Program testimonials

Statistics

403 current secondary/vocational students

211 current university students

6,000+ individual scholarships awarded

“Invisible Children is the best thing that ever happened in my life and so I will hold on to it permanently. They have changed my life completely by educating me, something I did not dream of.”

“First of all I was able to complete my education, and since education is power, I have the power to brighten my future and that of my family. The scholarship has enabled me to change the way I look at my community. I now know that the community can change if i do something about it.”

“The scholarship opportunity helped me pursue my dream of becoming a nurse. Through the mentoring program, I benefited a lot as I was very much traumatized about how life was very unfair to me but by the help of my mentors at Invisible Children, I managed to contain myself. The scholarship has also taught me to be able to give back to the community and I am very committed to this.”

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