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Scholarships and Awards For Students

AISA has developed a number of student events, scholarships and awards in order to acknowledge and celebrate the awesome students that we ultimately endeavour to serve.

So, though AISA is all about developing the leaders and educators at AISA member schools, it is ultimately about enriching the learning and school experience of all students within the AISA community.

Outstanding Service Project

This award is for a service learning project run by an individual student or group of students whose actions have had a positive and purposeful impact on a community. The experience could involve purposeful and meaningful action taken to transform the environment, community infrastructures, community spaces and assets, or community issues reflecting specific needs.

Many action experiences could align with this award. The key focus is community or environmental engagement that is positive and sustainable.

Students who apply for this award must be able to demonstrate:

  • personal attributes of a changemaker (which could include a deep awareness of global issues and the Sustainable Development Goals, active listening, mature awareness of self and others, and a commitment to purposeful and critical action over time)
  • an understanding of community assets and needs
  • an understanding of reciprocal community partnerships and action
  • an understanding of the principles of sustainable development
  • integration into the school’s service learning program or initiatives, and connection to a curricular area of study
  • clear planning documents for the action experience (which could include action plans, timelines, rationales and outcomes)
  • the ability to take action sustainably and reciprocally, either face-to-face or online, to create impact and positive, purposeful change
  • a detailed rationale or plan of how prize money from this award would be used to extend sustainable action and change with this partnership/experience*
  • clear reflection about the impact of what happened in the experience, including positive and sustainable outcomes as well as areas of growth/improvement

Prizes:

A US$ 2,500 award will be granted to the school in recognition of the outstanding service and commitment to the community demonstrated by the group of students. The award will go towards enabling the growth and further impact of the service project.

Nomination Guidelines

  • Each AISA full-member school is invited to nominate a project each year to be considered for this award.
  • Only one application per school per award.
  • A formal communication and plaque of recognition will be sent to the winners’ school heads and counsellors. The public announcement and award presentation will then take place at the AISA Global Issues Service Summit (AISA-GISS), a student-led learning event.

Key Nomination Dates: 

  • Opening Date: 01 August
  • Close Date: 31 October
  • Announcement: February (at AISA-GISS)
You can click the button below during the nomination period to complete the application form. Reach out to the AISA team at info@aisa.or.ke if you need any clarification or assistance.
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Margaret Sanders Scholarships

Each year, in partnership with the Margaret Sanders Foundation, AISA is pleased to offer the opportunity for schools from within the AISA network to nominate outstanding students for Margaret Sanders International Scholarship and Margaret Sanders AISA Scholarship for Girls.

Born in 1910, Margaret Sanders was a pioneer for her time, holding roles as varied as advertising designer, writer, air traffic controller, photographer and international yearbook representative. Her career with Walsworth Publishing Company began in 1961 and during the subsequent four decades, she travelled the world assisting schools with the publication of their yearbooks. This exciting career afforded her the opportunity to develop a close identification with overseas “American/ International” schools and their diverse and interesting populations.

Margaret passed away in June 2009, leaving a legacy of giving through her scholarship fund in perpetuity.

Past scholarship winners have come from international schools in Abu Dhabi, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sultanate of Oman, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, and Zimbabwe.

Each year AISA offers full member school two separate scholarship opportunities:

  • Margaret Sanders International Scholarship

    The annual Margaret Sanders International Scholarship is open to graduating high school students from AISA full member schools.
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  • Margaret Sanders AISA Scholarship For Girls

    Thanks to a generous endowment from Margaret Sanders' family and friends, AISA is proud to offer the Margaret Sanders AISA Scholarship for Girls.
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Connie Buford Student Service Leader Award

The AISA Board established in January 2023 that the award shall be named and funded in memory of Connie Buford, a distinguished international education leader who served as AISA’s Executive Director from 1988 to 1997.  Her love of Africa, her enthusiasm for building community, lifting and helping others, and her passion for student service learning live on in this award.

You too, can DONATE to support AISA’s Service Awards.

This award is for a student service leader who can demonstrate a commitment to his/her/their community and to using critical thinking, empathy and principles of sustainable development to engage with a community-based issue or need.

The student(s) must be able to demonstrate:

  • personal attributes of a changemaker (which could include a deep awareness of global issues and the Sustainable Development Goals, active listening, mature awareness of self and others, and a commitment to purposeful and critical action over time)
  • an understanding of community assets and needs
  • an understanding of reciprocal community partnerships and action
  • an understanding of the principles of sustainable development
  • integration into the school’s service learning program or initiatives, and connection to a curricular area of study
  • the ability to take action sustainably and reciprocally, either face-to-face or online, to create impact and positive, purposeful change
  • a detailed rationale or plan of how prize money from this award would be used to extend sustainable action and change with this partnership/experience*
  • personal reflection of what they have learned from a community partner and how they have grown through community engagement/service

Prizes

A US$ 1,500 award will be granted to a school to recognise a student or a group of students who demonstrate their service and commitment to the community. The school will allocate this funding to support the awarded project. The student will receive a plaque and letter from AISA to recognise their outstanding achievements.

Nomination Guidelines

Each AISA Full Member school is invited to nominate a student/group of students each year to be considered for this award.

  • Only one application per school per award, please select the best
  • A formal communication and plaque of recognition will be sent to the winners’ school heads and counsellors. The public announcement and award presentation will then take place at the AISA Global Issues Service Summit (AISA-GISS), a student-led learning event.

Key Nomination Dates: 

  • Opening Date: 01 August
  • Close Date: 31 October
  • Announcement: February (at AISA-GISS)
You can click the button below during the nomination period to complete the application form. Reach out to the AISA team at info@aisa.or.ke if you need any clarification or assistance.
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AISA Service Learning School Programme Award

This award honours a school’s curricular service learning programme and is meant to celebrate the successes of AISA member schools in supporting the development of purposeful and impactful embedded service learning experiences in K-12 classrooms.

Nomination Guidelines

To apply for this award, a school should be able to demonstrate some or all of the following:

  • a purposeful plan for creating embedded academic service learning experiences in a specific department or team, division or whole-school setting
  • evidence of service learning experiences that have occurred in the last 12 months that align with a purposeful plan
  • reflections from teachers and students that show engagement with curricular content and service action, personal reflection and growth, and an understanding of the principles of sustainable service/community engagement
  • evidence of purposeful and reciprocal community engagement connected to the action component of service learning experiences
  • a commitment to growing the school’s service learning program
  • a desire to embed critical mindsets into the service learning program to make learning experiences more inclusive, equitable and sustainable
  • an understanding of the value of student voice and choice/agency throughout the service learning experiences and the program as a whole
  • a willingness to share the school’s service learning stories to inspire and guide other AISA-member schools to success

Recipients of this award will be honoured at the annual AISA Conference Gala Dinner as well as the annual student AISA-GISS event.

Nominations Key Dates: 

  • Nominations open: 1st April
  • Closing: 30th October
  • Announcement: January  (AISA GISS)

For more information about this award contact info@aisa.or.ke or click the button below to complete the nomination form.

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AISA Award for Excellence

AISA launched the award in 2008 to recognise and reward the achievements of outstanding students in AISA member schools. The award is bestowed upon any final-year student who can demonstrate high academic results and whose character exemplifies the association’s values. Each school is invited to submit one application.

Nominations are due no later than 1st March of each year with the AISA Board confirming the successful candidates at the Board meeting. Schools are then free to award recipients at the end-of-year school celebrations.

AISA values are demonstrated by those who:

  • Promote a school environment characterised by a sense of hospitality, friendliness and community among students and between students and staff.
  • Demonstrates by example the concept of service to the human family either within or outside the school environment.
  • Seeks to understand, appreciate and promote African cultures through service activities, participation in cultural events, or personal expression through African literature, languages, music, art or dance.
  • Embraces a worldview that celebrates human unity and diversity. This trait could be demonstrated through service activities, student activities, cultural events, membership in clubs or organisations within or outside of school, academic projects, or any form of artistic expression.

Nomination guidelines

  • Each AISA full-member school is invited to nominate one student each year to be considered for this award. The student must be in his/her final year of high school.
  • A formal communication and plaque of recognition will be sent to the winners’ school heads and counsellors. The award announcement and presentation will then take place either at the school’s end-year ceremony or other preferred date by the school’s management

Key Nomination Dates: 

  • Opening Date: 01 December
  • Closing Date: 01 March
  • Announcement: May (at Schools’ Discretion)
You can click the button below during the nomination period to complete the application form. Reach out to the AISA team at info@aisa.or.ke if you need any clarification or assistance.
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