Medical care providers are desperately needed throughout the Congo. For the last eight years, there has been only one doctor at the Bulape Hospital so many traditional tasks performed by a doctor are done by a nurse. Yes, that's only one doctor for one hospital and 26 health clinics. Cost for a student to attend nursing or medical school is quite low compared to the U.S. or western Europe, yet out of reach for most students in the poverty-stricken country of the Congo.
The scholarships offered by Congo Helping Hands (CCH) will be limited to the medical field. Scholarships will be a gift, not to be repaid, available to nursing students and medical students in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Scholarships will be given annually in the amount approximately covering the cost of one year’s tuition. For medical students this will be approximately $2500 annually and for nursing students, $150 annually. (These figures are tuition estimates for the University of Kinshasa and the Bulape Nursing School DRC.)
Scholarships will be awarded directly to an approved institute of higher education in the DRC in the name of the recipient. A scholarship will cover one year tuition for that student in nursing or medical school. Recipients must reapply yearly for additional annual tuition scholarships.
A scholarship will be awarded to a Congolese medical student who has been accepted by an approved medical school, shows exceptional abilities, a positive attitude, financial need, and deep dedication to the care of people. A sample application is below.
A scholarship will be awarded to a Congolese nursing student who has been accepted by an approved nursing school, shows exceptional abilities, a positive attitude, financial need, and deep dedication to the care of people. A sample application is below.
For those who already have received a scholarship, reapplication is necessary annually and the applicant must have successfully completed the previous semester. Any illegal act or failed classes will disqualify the applicant for any further scholarships.
Availability of scholarships will be publicized through the hospitals and secondary schools in the Kasai Occidental province which is in dire need of medical professionals.
Evaluation of candidates will be provided by a scholarship committee of Congo Helping Hands (CCH), Dr. Bernard Ngoy of the Bulape Hospital DRC, Justin Matshumba, an English/French teacher in DRC and translator for CCH, and other medical professionals in the DRC as deemed necessary. Evaluation will center upon past educational successes and future potential as well as positive personal attributes and financial need.
2. LIMITATIONS OR RESTRICTIONS
There will be no restrictions based upon race, employment status, or a family relative connection. Applicants must be Congolese and plan to attend an institute of higher learning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
3. NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS
One medical doctor scholarship and three nursing scholarships will be offered annually.
We are presently sending Jean Tulengulula Kamada (pictured to the right) to medical school
in Lubumbashi, DRC. He was the head nurse at Bulape Hospital and has as especially gentle and caring nature.
4. PROCEDURE FOR SUPERVISION
Supervision of distribution and collection of applications as well as evaluation of current recipients will be provided by Justin Matshiumba of Bulape DRC.
See a copy of an application here: Medical Student Application
Nursing School Application