Over 160 young student-scholars and achievers at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) have been recognized under the institution’s Babaroa and Vice Chancellor’s annual award schemes for their outstanding academic performance recorded during the 2017/ 2018 year of study.
The awards schemes were established in the year 1996 and 2001 respectively to motivate the top students who excel in academics. The high achievers are awarded with cash prize of Ksh 10,000 each and certificates in order to maintain and even aim higher in their academic endeavours while also inspiring their peers to emulate them.
Speaking during the occasion, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga congratulated the beneficiaries for their academic achievement, and urged them to mentor the fellow students to climb the same academic ladder.
“I encourage you to continue to work hard to maintain your current status of excellence. Indeed, as you may be aware, a university is the proverbial melting pot of a country’s top brains, a fact that makes the place a very competitive environment. You must not then rest in your laurels; but instead seek more innovative ways to advance your knowledge,” Prof. Imbuga advised.
The Vice Chancellor further urged the students to be prayerful, maintain high standards of integrity and to mentor other students.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, congratulated the awardees and challenged them stay away from drugs and bad company.
“I urge you to never stop learning as learning starts from the womb to the tomb. Be agents of transformation in the society. Stay away from bad company and drugs that will derail your academic growth”, said Prof. Odhiambo.
Mr. David Wamiti, Chairperson Babaroa Alumni Association, urged the awardees to aim higher and lauded the management for the programme which promotes healthy competitiveness among students.
“Successful is the person who leaves the world better than they found it and we urge you to continue aiming higher,” Mr. Wamiti observed.
One of the beneficiaries Mr. Erick Omodho who recently acquired a scholarship to study Masters of Science in Food Technology in KU Leuven (Brussels), called upon fellow students to uphold integrity and hard work:
“This is my third year of appearance in this event as an award recipient. Many of you will conquer with me that the journey…is neither easy nor short. At times, some of us are tempted to forego the long academic paths in favor of ‘shorter alternatives’ to success which in most cases prove futile to our future prosperities,” Mr. Omodho advised.
He further said, having gone through the system; there is no short-cut in academics other than the usual ink and paper