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Operation of the Fund

The funds are held in a separate trust fund in the Kitchener Rotary Club Charitable Foundation (KRCCF) and administered under the direction of the KRCCF Chair and Directors. .

The operations of the RAWEF Fund are governed by a committee of members of Kitchener Rotary Club, sublimated by members with development expertise and Dr. Audrey Wipper.

The RAWEF Committee has the power to establish the selection criteria as they deem appropriate.

Successful applicants must meet the selection criteria.

Initially, the students who qualify areselected from women applicants from East Africa, who are accepted for (post-secondary) undergraduate education, at a recognized African University.

The funds cover university fees, books, and other required resources, including a subsistence allowance. The grants will be available for each of the undergraduate years, conditional upon meeting academic standards, until graduation. Historically, the funds required per applicant per year are $2,000 per year.

The funds are administered to the students by CRA recognized Canadian NGOs who monitor and report each student’s progress.

As recommended by the RAWEF, funds are transferred each year from the Audrey Wipper Trust Fund, held by the Rotary Club of Kitchener Charitable Foundation, to the appropriate NGO and then to the student.

Other contributions can be made by Rotary Clubs and private donations contributed through either the Kitchener Rotary Club Charitable Foundation. A total of 36 women have been supported in the program. Nine have graduated. At present, twenty seven women are supported by the RAWEF, and funds have been committed for the duration of their education, assuming they continue to meet academic standards.