Banaa, a student organization that provides Sudanese and South Sudanese survivors of atrocity with scholarships to American universities under the condition the scholars will return to their home countries to work towards peace, announced two new scholars yesterday.
Jacob Mator Aketch was selected to be GW’s second Banaa scholar as part of the class of 2017. He hopes to leverage his degree in engineering to develop infrastructure in Sudan. Salva Kuac Barjok will join two other Banaa scholars at the University of Rochester in New York.
Since the founding of the organization in 2005, GW students have facilitated Banna, inspired from the idea that students and young people can use university resources to create peaceful change. GW has commited to providing tuition, room, and board for the scholars they admit, and Banaa is responsible for fundraising to cover the cost of other aspects of the program such as a living stipend for the scholars, travel expenses, and other costs such as winter coats.
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A version of this post originally appeared on Banaa.org.