Hope for South Sudan


Hope for South Sudan Scholarship

The Hope for South Sudan Scholarship is a joint agreement between the Ayual Community Development Association (ACDA) and the University of Nebraska Foundation. It is awarded each year by the Ayual Community Development Association. The University of Nebraska Foundation worked for a number of years with members of the ACDA in the selection process for the scholarship and through this connection, the Foundation become aware of the ACDA’s administrative abilities and the member’s efforts to support the academic life of South Sudanese in South Sudan as well as here in the United States.

The funds are provided by the Foundation but are administratively handled by the ACDA. The scholarship(s) are aimed at students who plan on attending any of the four campuses of The University of Nebraska and can speak any of the dialects associated with South Sudan, namely Dinka or Nuer. The campuses where the scholarships may be used are: UNL (Lincoln), UNO (Omaha), UNK (Kearney) and the UN Medical School. The scholarship(s) are available to any full time student in the United States who has been accepted as a student at any of the campuses. There are no minimum grade point averages required and any field of study is acceptable. The scholarship is renewable but the applicants are required to fill out the necessary requests annually. The value of each scholarship for the academic year 2016-17 is $3500 but this valuation is left to the discretion of the selection committee of the ACDA and could be increased or decreased annually. Those interested in applying for the scholarship may download the application form from this website.

This year’s winners are:

Nyaluak Dar

(Not pictured above due to her participation in the state track meet during the time photographs were taken) Nyaluak will attend the University of Nebraska/Lincoln and major in nursing. She is graduate of Omaha Central High School and has a cumulative GPA of 3.9375. She is ranked 109 out of 525 in her class academic standings.

Latjor Wal

(Pictured above, center) Latjor will attend the University of Nebraska/Kearney and major in biology with a wildlife emphasis. He is a graduate of Omaha Northwest High School and has a cumulative GPA of 4.3077. He is ranked 18 out of 360 in his class academic standings.

Hope for Sudan Scholarship Committee

  • Jim Thompson
  • Bol Mayen
  • Yaak Chol
  • Bol Bul
  • Akuol Deng

Past Winners:

2016-2017 Scholarship Winners

Agot Alier

(Pictured above, second from right) Agot will be attending UNL this fall and is planning on majoring in criminology. Agot is a graduate of Papillion South High School.

Nyakim Pal Peter

(Pictured above, second from left) Nyakim will be attending UNL but has not yet chosen a specific field of study. Nyakim is a graduate of Omaha Central High School.