We need your help as we continue to grow the TASOK (The American School of Kinshasa) Alumni Scholarship Fund for Congolese students at Université Protestante au Congo (UPC).
Envision a university that has grown from 3 to 8,000 students over 60 years in what has been the direst of circumstances at times. That is Université Protestante au Congo. Many of you personally recall fellow students whose families formed the original faculty of the university. From the original School of Theology, UPC has now expanded to include Schools of Business, Information Technology, Law and Medicine.
UPC’s alumni have gone on to receive Fulbright Scholarships and work in a variety of sectors ranging from private equity firms to nonprofits. The former Rector of UPC, the late Dr. Daniel Ngoy, was an alumnus. Another PhD graduate of UPC, Fatuma Ngongo Kilongo, is the first woman head of Université Evangélique en Afrique, another university that Education Congo supports.
Many of us including, Jimmy Shafe ’67 and Margaret Loewen ‘72, grew up in Congo and attended TASOK. Because we saw the need, we all became involved in a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Education Congo, which raises awareness and support for higher education in Congo. Our deep connections to Congo have led to the development of the TASOK Alumni Initiative which will help UPC students in need of scholarships. Many of the University students do not have the money for the annual tuition of only $800-$1,200.
Last year, almost a 1,000 students were unable to pay their entire tuition or the balance of their tuition at the end of the year resulting in them being unable to take exams and proceed to the next year of studies.
Share UPC's vision of Building a Nation through Education! You can make a positive, lasting impact on this country that ranks near the bottom of the U.N. Development Index—a measurement of a country’s achievement in health, knowledge and standard of living. Congo’s potential for growth in the heart of Africa is tremendous. Education is the key.
Make a contribution to the TASOK Alumni Named Fund, an invested fund which makes a payment to the university scholarship fund each year. Please click on the red “Donate Now” button above, select “Named Fund,” then select “TASOK Alumni.” Congo thanks you!
We are also happy to accept donations by check. Note “TASOK Alumni” on the memo line and mail it to:
2216 Elgin Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
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I look forward to hearing from you.
Doug Cardwell, PhD