Ashinaga Fully-funded Undergraduate Scholarships for Orphans from sub-Saharan Africa 2017

The Ashinaga Africa Initiative began in 2014. Its mission is to contribute to Sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development through increasing access to higher education abroad. We support orphaned students who are committed to returning home and initiating change, by providing access to full financial support to study at a university abroad (equivalent to an undergraduate degree). Ashinaga support covers tuition, accommodation, travel costs, and other necessary fees.

Learn more about the Ashinaga Africa Initiative


Applicants must:

  • Be an orphan, having lost one or both parents

  • Be 23 or younger, having been born after October 1, 1994

  • Have graduated high school within the past two years

  • Be committed to returning to Sub-Saharan Africa once they have finished their studies abroad

Required Documents

  • Completed application form

  • Working email address and telephone number

  • Document proving the death of one or both parents, such as a death certificate

  • Proof of age, such as a birth certificate, national ID or passport

  • Secondary school/high school graduation certificate

  • Results from final national exams

  • Academic report cards from the last two years of high school/secondary school

  • Recommendation letter from a principal or teacher

  • Passport-style photo of yourself

  • Both essays described below


Please type/write using a separate sheet of paper. If you choose to handwrite your essays, please write in print and with black ink. Essays written with pencils will not be accepted.

  • Essay 1: Please describe how you grew up and experienced losing your parent(s). What challenges have you faced after the loss and what did you do in order to overcome them? Please provide details, especially the actions you took to continue your education. (Maximum 500 words)

  • Essay 2: Please write a ‘personal statement,’ describing why and what you want to study at a university abroad. Also, please mention whether you have any future plans regarding how you want to use the knowledge and experience that you gain after graduating from university. (Maximum 500 words)

Eligible Countries

Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, and Togo that personal statements are just that—they are about you and no one else. Ashinaga is interested in how you make the most of what is available to you.