A pioneer group of Tullow Oil Scholars arrived back in the country after an exciting and hugely successful year at some of the world’s leading universities. The 10 successful scholars were the first Kenyan beneficiaries to be selected to undertake postgraduate studies under the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme.
The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme (TGSS) is part of Tullow’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme. The scheme aims to contribute to long-term socio-economic development in countries where Tullow operates, building capacity in areas where Tullow’s host countries experience significant skills gaps with a particular but not exclusive focus on the needs of the oil and gas industries in each country.
In Kenya, Tullow has invested approximately KES 127 million so far towards the scheme between 2012 and 2013. With no fewer than 4 of the 10 gaining distinctions in their Masters Programmes, one scholar, Clement Migai, received the Law School 2013 Sweet & Maxwell Prize for the Best International Student in Law from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.
In the first year of Tullow Scholarships in Kenya, 740 applicants vied for the 10 scholarships on offer. After a rigorous and transparent selection process, the best and the brightest young talent from some of Kenya’s most remote counties were awarded a full scholarship to undertake postgraduate studies in a range of subjects at various top Universities.
Speaking at a welcome reception for the scholars, Martin Mbogo, Tullow Kenya Country Manager thanked the British Council for partnering with Tullow in the programme.
“Kenya is in the early stages of the oil & gas lifecycle and the demand for specialists in the petroleum sector continues to grow. Through the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme, we will be able to increase the number of Kenyans with expertise in oil and gas, thereby building local capacity. This year, almost 6,000 applications were received for the 201