The MacKillop Scholarship was set up by Australian, Ian Jordan, and directly supports Umoja beneficiaries with their university studies. Selected students gain a full scholarship which pays for everything relating to their studies, including educational fees, books, stationery, accommodation and food, enabling them to really focus on their education.

MacKillop Scholarship

This name has been taken from Australia’s first saint: Mary MacKillop, St Mary of the Cross, who was best known for her activities in South Australia. She founded the Sisters of St Joseph and established numerous schools with an emphasis on education for the poor.



Education is the most lasting and effective way to help students and families to escape from the cycle of poverty. This program aims to support disadvantaged and impoverished students attending Umoja, Arusha, Tanzania.



Graduate students from Umoja who have a disadvantaged backgrounds and who need financial assistance for a Diploma/University Degree.


Selection criteria

  1. Outstanding academic aptitude and potential
  2. Minimum Division 1 or 2
  3. Good citizenship in the community
  4. Attendance (minimum of 3 unexcused absences for the entire year)
  5. Current Umoja youth in the Outplacement Programme



  • Three to five year scholarship for a Diploma/University degree
  • This includes miscellaneous fees, uniforms (if required), books and other educational expenses, paid directly to Umoja who will manage the financial payments and transfers.


Expected outcomes

This long-term support and advocacy to education will provide learning opportunities for the selected scholars which otherwise would not have been available.


Selection comittee

Ian Jordan – Rotarian, Educator – leading the fundraising for this programme

Caroline Goody – Umoja's Director & Co-Founder

Michael Gombe – Umoja’s Outplacement Coordinator

Chuki Issa – Umoja’s Social Worker

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