During the 2018 EFAC commencement in October, three graduates were honored with leadership awards that have been generously endowed by EFAC board member George Trumbull. Each award came with a stipend to be evenly divided between the recipient and the EFAC Student Association alumni organization.
Collins Owino Odero received the Founders’ Transformational Leadership Award, recognizing an EFAC scholar who demonstrates leadership and resilience while serving as a role model for young people. The award is given in honor of Nancy and Rod Van Sciver, whose vision, courage and leadership founded EFAC and transformed it into today's successful organization.
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other,” Collins told us. “I believe this award not only recognizes my abilities, but also challenges me to learn more. I am greatly honored to be the recipient of such a prestigious award, and forever grateful to the Van Scivers for welcoming me into the EFAC family.”
Collins’ personal transformation dates back to Rongai Boys’ School, where his teachers and peers knew him to be somewhat mischievous. Since those early days, he has transformed into a young leader who regularly demonstrates the entrepreneurial, mentorship and teamwork skills he has learned through our program, proving that barriers such as poverty can be overcome to achieve success. Known for his sartorial flair and poise when speaking in public, Collins is active in our student mentoring program and serves as president of the EFAC Scholars Association, which is comprised of more than 170 of our students and recent graduates.
The oldest of six children, Collins is the first in his family to further his education. His personal transformation over the past eight years has inspired his younger siblings to seriously pursue their educations and they dream of following in their brother’s footsteps. Collins graduated from Multimedia University this year with a B.Sc. in Information Technology, and recently was offered a position with Intercontinental Hotel Group in Nairobi after receiving accolades for his performance during an internship. He was sponsored by Donna Lynn Tamaroff.
Sharon Musakali was awarded the Lynda Trumbull Community Service Award, named in honor of George Trumbull's late wife. The award recognizes a graduate who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to community service, one of the key tenets of our EFAC program. Lynda Trumbull strongly believed that each person has an obligation to support the broader community. “With the award came a sense of responsibility to get even more involved with my community.”
While at Starehe Girls’ School, Sharon was an active volunteer and served in several leadership positions, including senior prefect-in-charge and representative on the school’s strategic planning committee. Her commitment to community service expanded during Sharon’s university years. Along with a team of other EFAC scholars, she ran a one-week campaign against FGM in Narok County that educated the community about the negative effects of this practice. Sharon actively participates in fundraising activities for Starehe Girls’ School; volunteers as a financial literacy trainer in high schools in conjunction with Standard Chartered Bank; and is an active member of EFAC’s mentoring team, visiting our partner primary schools to work with students in classes 7 and 8.
Sharon earned a Bachelor of Economics and Finance at Kenyatta University, and recently began an internship at Ashoka, a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur herself, Sharon designs African attire and accessories, using social media to market and sell her products. She has been sponsored by the Redpath family.
Naom Nyachuba Anyona received the Prof. Leah Marangu Woman of Character Award. Named in honor of retired ANU Vice Chancellor and EFAC co-founder, the award recognizes a female scholar who embodies integrity, service and giving in every aspect of her life. “This award made me realize that I have had an impact,” says Naom. “To me, it means I should work even harder to make my impact felt further in the community. I have received much already from so many others, and I need to give back.” Her EFAC sponsor is Lindsay Frucci.
Naom’s poised, outgoing personality and commitment to helping others serves her well in many capacities. As the first welfare officer of the EFAC Scholars Association, she convinced 35 of the organization’s members to contribute to the welfare fund (designed to help fellow members in times of need). Naom is also is role model to girls and young women in her community. She has used her entrepreneurial and mentorship skills to train other EFAC scholars in online work that helps them supplement their living expenses.
Throughout her eight years in EFAC, Naom has demonstrated academic excellence, beginning at Starehe Girls’ School and continuing through university. In December she’ll receive a B.Sc. in Economics and Statistics, with academic honors, from Kenyatta University. During university, Naom began doing online work to supplement her living stipend. Taking advantage of her training in statistics and experience with several analytical software programs, she eventually formed her own business conducting field research projects and analyzing data. Naom is growing her business by providing additional services to clients, such as trainings, IT products and services, and office supplies.“Studying economics has shaped my thinking when it comes to the contemporary business world; from management to problem-solving,” she says.