Prior to the official formation of Jifunze, Carrie Oelberger initiated a small scale girls scholarship fund in the spring of 1998 in order to help young women in Tanzania achieve higher education concurrent with their intellectual potential, rather than with their financial resources. Our first scholarship recipient, Matasia Godwin, was the top student in her class in Kiteto Secondary School but her achievement was being throttled due to the lack of specified resources available in Kiteto. Therefore, Jifunze assisted Matasia to attend a school in Arusha, a much larger city with additional opportunities. This change enabled Mataisa to reach her full potential and upon graduating from Arusha Secondary School, Jifunze continued supporting Matasia by assisting her to attend Bukare Community Development College, a competitive post-secondary school diploma course in Western Tanzania. We are very pleased to have been able to assist Matasia in her educational development, as are we very proud of all of the other young women who have participated in our program.

Current Scholarship Recipients

Naslah Photo
Naslah Chambo
Age: 11
School: Kibaya Primary School
Class : Standard 6
Tribe: Nguu
Religion: Muslim

Past Scholarship Recipients

Zumrathi Photo
Zumrathi Nuru
School: Ashira Girls Secondary School
Tribe: Nguu
Religion: Muslim
Haliba Photo Haliba Maliki
School: Mandaka Teacher's Training College
Tribe: Maasai
Religion: Muslim
Agatha Photo Agatha Peter
School: Cambridge Tanzania Academy
Tribe: Chagga
Religion: Catholic
Zahara Photo Zahara Gulled
School: Dar es Salaam Hospitality School
Tribe: Somali
Religion: Muslim
Matasia Photo Matasia Godwin
School: Bukare College for Community Development
Tribe: Maasai
Religion: Lutheran