Steming Africa: A Girl At A Time

Valentina Ndolo, United Kingdom

I would use the $1000 to help two highly intelligent girls from Kenya to pursue studies in areas related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at world renowned institutions of higher learning. The proportion of women actively pursuing STEM related careers is low. In order for more women to take an active role in STEM careers, they need an excellent education foundation. Opportunities for admission and scholarships are available but many people either do not have the funds to do the entry examinations, or do not know how to make strong applications. I am currently pursuing my Master's degree at the University of Oxford under a Commonwealth Scholarship from DFID. I was able to do this because a lot of people supported me along the way. With my experience, I believe that I can help more girls to secure admission and scholarships at leading universities across the world.