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ABOUT

The Mufuka Scholarship was founded in 2002 by Dr. & Mrs. Douglas Mufuka of St, Petersburg, Florida to reward high achieving students from Salvation Army High Schools with college educations at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. So far, 9 students have graduated from Lander University and 4 are currently enrolled.

 
 

FOUNDERS

Dr. Douglas Mufuka, a native of Zimbabwe, was a child of Salvation Army officers, Brigadier Miles & Elsie Mufuka. As one of five boys and three girls,The Salvation Army was at the center of their lives as a vocation, a place of worship, an educational institution and healer of the sick through their hospitals.

Brigadier Miles Mufuka was known for telling his children that they could become whatever they wanted. The struggle for independence, equality and justice in colonial Rhodesia would serve merely as a backdrop through which Brigadier would develop a laser focus on the power of education, combined with an unfaltering belief in God, to change lives.

Dr. Douglas Mufuka graduated from high school in Zimbabwe. He was awarded a full scholarship to attend Hamilton College in New York. From there he went to medical school at Upstate University of New York Medical School where he met and married his wife Jean, who was teaching nursing at the time. Dr. Douglas Mufuka and his wife Jean have two adult sons, Douglas Jr. an entrepreneur in Indiana and LT. Col. Stephen Mufuka of the United States Marine Corps.

Dr. Mufuka successfully practiced Nephrology in Chicago and the surrounding areas for over 30 years. During that time he and his wife also dedicated themselves to the education of many family members. In 2002 they decided to extend their generosity to high achieving Salvation Army High School students. "These students remind me of myself. I worked hard and Hamilton gave me an opportunity of a lifetime. It turned out to be the foundation on which I was able to build the rest of my life." notes Dr. Mufuka.

When Mrs. Jean Mufuka was asked why the foundation was important to her she responded, "As we neared retirement we began to think of the kind of gift that could last a lifetime and we realized that education is that gift. We gave the gift of education to our children and our nieces and our nephews. Now we are giving the gift of education to students who are very much like my husband was all those years ago. Douglas was a high academic achiever with a spark of intellectual curiosity. He was looking for an opportunity to succeed and he was fortunate to have found Hamilton."

Aunty Jean, as she is affectionately called by the Mufuka family and the foundation students, notes that the key to success is "life long curiosity through reading."

 
 

STAFF

Lois Mufuka Martin, a 1990 graduate of Lander University, serves as a founding trustee and scholarship coordinator.

Lois facilitates all aspects of the scholarship application process including transcript analysis and verification, visa interview preparation and course registration at Lander. She also provides year round support, linkages to summer enrichment and internships, educational advising, soft skills cultural support and counseling to the scholarship recipients upon arrival.

According to Lois her main job "is to help our students make the most of their educational opportunity and to transition seamlessly into the Lander community."

 
 

FOUNDATION NEWS

Lander University graduates 293 at spring commencement ceremonies Zimbabwean students gradate (Brenda Kapingidza, Marondera, Zimbabwe, Bachelor of Science, Chemistry; Samuel Mhasvi, Harare, Zimbabwe, Bachelor of Science, Music, and Bachelor of Science, Visual Arts)
(9/3/2015)
Exemplary Students Brenda Kapingidza, a chemistry major from Harare, Zimbabwe offers a testimonial
(Summer 2015)
Musonza Graduates from Medical School Tashinga Musonza graduates from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
(6/12/2015)
Lander Student Shares His Love of Music Samuel Mhasvi will demonstrate his musical talents when he appears in a Senior Recital
(3/25/2015)
Lander students earn academic honors Lander University announces its President's List, Dean's List and Freshman Honors for fall semester 2014.
(Fall 2014)
The Zimbabwe Connection Shalom Chausarira, a chemistry major from harare, Zimbabwe
(Spring 2012, p15)
Lander students inducted into Alpha Chi to recognize outstanding academic achievement Spring induction of 44 students into Lander's Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society
(4/25/2011)
Touching the Stars Douglas & Jean Mufuka sponsor Salvationist students from Zimbabwe
(Summer 2009)
Grads Urged to be Their Best Grads Signing Off (Christopher Pamacheche, Allan Manyika, Munya Pamacheche)
(Spring 2009)
 
 

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