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About the KEF 

Scholarship Fund

Read our eligibility requirements and common answers to questions before you apply.

Kapadia Education Foundation's scholarships are for students from low-income countries who are pursuing college, university, or other tertiary education programs. This includes but is not limited to: diplomas, certificates, vocational training, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and PhDs. 


All scholarship disbursements will be paid directly to the bank account of the student's educational institution.

Eligibility Requirements


You must meet all of the following requirements for your application to be considered for the Kapadia Education Foundation scholarship program: 


• You are a student from a low-income country, and you are currently admitted and/or enrolled in an accredited college or university in your home country. (Exceptions can be made for refugees and/or Internally Displaced Persons who are studying in countries nearby their home country). 


• You have the ability, means, and interest to 'pay it forward' to your community upon graduation. 


• You are committed to using your education to benefit your community. You are pursuing your chosen education program because you understand how you can use your knowledge to to help others. You are interested in 'paying it forward' to others less fortunate upon graduation. 


• You have successfully graduated from secondary school or high school. 


• You are unable to pay for all of your college costs, and without financial assistance. You would need financial assistance to successfully complete your college or university program. 


• You are able to pay for other school expenses that are not covered by the scholarship, including travel, clothing, and pocket money. Maximum scholarship disbursements are $600 USD per year.  


• You have your own email account and have the ability to access the internet at least twice a month to remain in correspondence with the foundation and your mentor. 


• You are and will continue to be a student in good standing with your college or university, with the ability to obtain a transcript every year as proof of your good marks. Your most recent transcript must be submitted as a part of this application. 


• You are not pursuing a career in religion (outside of theological philosophy studies) or a career as a politician (outside of studying political science).


• Your university must have a bank account that can accept international wire transfers.

Applications from Ugandan students received on or after March 1, 2019, will not be considered for our scholarship program due to the high volume.  Applications submitted before March 1, 2019, will receive full consideration.


Please note, you will be immediately rejected if:


You are not from a low-income country. 


• You are going to school outside of your home country (unless you are a refugee or Internally Displaced Person). 


• You do not attend an accredited college or university. 


• Your university does not accept wire transfers. 


• You present us with your own personal banking information, instead of your university's account. 


• You are not in good standing with your university. 


• You are studying theology. 


• You cannot pay the extraneous fees not covered by this scholarship. KEF scholarships are a maximum amount of $600 USD per year. 


• Your family can afford to pay for your college fees without help of this scholarship. 


• You are not committed to 'paying it forward' to your community upon graduation. 


• You do not have the ability to access the internet as stated above. 


• Your personal statement is a copy of or is very similar to another student applying for sponsorship.

Student FAQs

  • Is Kapadia Education Foundation a school?
    Kapadia Education Foundation is not a school itself. It is a nonprofit organization that issues scholarships to students who are studying at colleges and universities in low-income countries.
  • Can a Kapadia Education Foundation help me study in Noth America or Europe?
    No. Kapadia Education Foundation scholarships are only for students who are interested in studying in their home countries.
  • I have not been admitted to school yet because I cannot pay. Can I still apply for a KEF scholarship?
    You must be admitted to an institute of higher learning (college or university, for example) to apply to Kapadia Education Foundation’s scholarship program. It is ok if you have not begun classes, but you must have permission to begin classes as soon as you are able to pay if awarded this scholarship.
  • Do you consider applications from non-traditional community-service fields of study, such as art, performance, business?"
    Yes! Please be sure to clearly state what connection you see between your field of study and community development in the statement you write as part of your application. Be sure to clearly answer the question “What are your plans to “pay it forward” and help others once you graduate?” among the other questions required to be answered in the statement.
  • Do I have to pay back my Kapadia Education Foundation scholarship if I am selected?
    The Kapadia Education Foundation scholarship is not a loan. It does not have to be monetarily repaid. Though, all KEF scholars are required to pay-it-forward in their communities through acts of service and goodwill.
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