CUEA Hosts 2015 Otunga Annual Scholarship Fund Day
The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) on Friday, September 4 hosted the 2015 Maurice Cardinal Otunga Annual memorial Lecture and Fund raising event. It was held at Pope Paul VI Learning Resource Centre Auditorium under the theme: Diligent Service to Humanity of Maurice Cardinal Otunga.
During this event 20 students from poor and needy families were awarded the 2014/15 Maurice Cardinal Otunga Scholarship.
The lecture was delivered by Bishop Philip Anyolo who is the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Bishop of Homa Bay Diocese.
The event also included a fund raising to raise money for the Cardinal Otunga Scholarship Fund. It was lead by Mr Andrew Wanga, who is the Senior Internal Auditor, Agriculture Finance Corporation and an alumnus of the university.
In his lecture, Bishop Anyolo observed that the Scholarship Fund is in line with the spirit of Cardinal Otunga, who, besides being its first chancellor, was keen in promoting the quality and access to education.
Observing that the number of needy students continues to grow, Bishop Anyolo asserted that, “It is all fair that we equally step up our commitment in boosting up the fund.”
This, he added, would be in line with our deep recognition of the deep commitment of our Cardinal in the pastoral mission of the Church.
Bishop Anyolo called on the faithful to emulate the Cardinal whom he said served the Church with commitment and humility.
Observing that the life of Cardinal Otunga beatification process is at a critical stage in Rome, he urged Catholics and people of good will to continue praying for the cause.
“Our prayers and any material contribution towards this process will account a lot. Let’s us then commit ourselves to this mission,” he advised.
In his remarks, Mr Wanga, who helped to raise more than Kshs. 2.6 million for the Otunga Scholarship fund, urged the 20 students awarded the scholarship for the 2014/2015 period to make the best use of both money and time.
“This is the only way you will help us to thank the donors and equally make more people and institutions to contribute towards this scholarship fund.”
Welcoming Bishop Anyolo to address the gathering, the University’s Vice Chancellor Msgr. Dr Pius Rutechura said the university felt proud to be associated with Cardinal Otunga as he had planted the first seed towards the founding of the university.
“He was the first chancellor of the university,” he said, stressing that since its institution in 2005, the Maurice Cardinal Otunga Scholarship Fund has assisted a total of 108 students from poor and needy families.
Reported by Francis Njuguna/September 4, 2015