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Bob Pellissier awards “Science Scholarship for Orphans” to 4 Ugandans

Posted: Tue, February 24, 2015 | By: Nyakiyumbu Widows Orphanage Humanist School



Bob Pellissier, a resident of Sunol, Callifornia, and CEO of RKI Instruments in Union City, has established a “Science Scholarship for Orphans.” Parentless children in Uganda receiving his award are provided with tuition ($125 annually), plus room + board (also $125 annually) at the science-based Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS).

Bob Pellissier
Bob Pellissier

Pellissier awarded four scholarships to one boys and three girls. They are:

Masereka Godfrey
Muhindo Kapite
Mbambu Kalondero
Kabugho Pesi

Competition for the scholarship was extremely competitive. Thirty-one orphans at Nyakiyumbu Widows Orphanage School completed a science examination, that was distributed and graded by Kasese Humanist Primary School staff members, including the head of school, Bwamable M Robert, the author of the upcoming book “Orphans of Rwenzori.” The top-scoring results were scanned and emailed to Pellissier so that he could determine the four students he wished to award.

Pellissier was very impressed with the examination, and the orphans’ answers. He remarked:

There are some tough questions on these tests! I would not get them all right. These are good questions for Uganda children because it improves their knowledge in ways that will help them survive there.

Brighter Brains Institute facilitated the scholarship, by connecting Pellissier with KHPS. BBI hopes additional philanthropic scientists and engineers will emerge, to help Uganda’s 3.5 million orphans.

Below are photographs of the four scholarship winner, and two sample pages from the scholarship examination:

Masereka Godfrey
Masereka Godfrey
Muhindo Kapite
Muhindo Kapite
Mbambu Kalondero
Mbambu Kalondero
Kabugho Pesi
Kabugho Pesi


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