The AVU has identified the cost of education as one of the major factors hindering access to quality education and training in Africa. Education has a cost which must be borne by learners, parents, government and local communities, international community, the private sector and sponsors.
In order to address the issues related to the cost of education, the AVU established a scholarship fund to award scholarships generally to assist eligible enrolled female students and those from disadvantaged backgrounds to access education opportunities. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, gender and availability and administered by the AVU in cooperation with its partner institution and Ministries of education when necessary in the respective countries.
To streamline the governance and management of the Scholarship fund, the AVU Board of Directors endorsed new changes to reinforce the fund’s efficiency and accountability in March 2009, and authorized the AVU Management to secure additional funding. The fund is administered according to AVU rules, in consultation with its partner’s institutions and ministries of education when necessary.