Announcing The Donation From Ogechi Okafor

The Angela Nwalozie Scholarship Foundation would like to announce and acknowledge the generous donation from the secretary of the Foundation (who also happens to be my mother), Mrs Ogechi Okafor.

She has donated one full scholarship for an undergraduate university student in Nigeria. What this entails is a payment of 150,000 Naira, every year for four years, towards the sponsorship of one of the scholarship recipients chosen by the Foundation.

I grew up inspired by my mother and father's selfless philanthropy, and it is as a result of their generosity that I have always been conscious of my duties to those around me, and this led me to start this Foundation. This generous donation from my mother, is just one instance of the generosity and selflessness that both she and my father have chosen to live and abide by.

I think that my grandmother would have been very proud!

How The Foundation Began

I (Udoka Okafor) am a first year Masters student in Philosophy at McMaster University. For the duration of my Masters degree (two years), I have been offered a guaranteed Teaching assistant position. Growing up in Nigeria, I was simultaneously confronted with the realities of poverty in my country and the amazing philanthropic endeavours of my parents.

The questions and inspirations that arose from these two experiences is what led me to create the 'Angela Nwalozie Scholarship Foundation' with the help of my mother.

For the duration of my Masters degree, I am going to be using the money I earn as a teaching assistant to fund the scholarship, and to cover the full four year tuition of university students in my country. This foundation is one that I hope to dedicate my life to, and to fund well beyond the completion of my Masters degree.

I believe that education is the most powerful tool that we have at our disposal. Education gives us the access necessary to engage with the world and its realities. And, I don't think it is fair that people should be denied access to an education because of something as arbitrary and undeserving as access to funds to pay for their education. 

Thank you so much for sharing this journey with me and my foundation!