Nelly Cheboi Given Ksh 6.7 Million Boost For Major Project

TechLit Africa CEO and Founder Nelly Cheboi has received a major boost from her alma mater, Augustana College, who have established the Nelly Cheboi Endowed Scholarship to accord needy children a chance to study at the college.

As a result, former Augustana College President Steve Bahls and his wife Jane have committed Ksh6.7 million ($50,000) for the international scholarship.

Steve Bahls was praised for the 2022 CNN Hero of the Year and further commended her persistence and ambition.

“She is someone who had an idea, who was told that idea could never be implemented. She persisted, used her Augustana-taught critical thinking and analytical skills to start this wonderful organization. We want to honor her and send a message to students who receive this award: don’t be shy in your ambitions and set your goals high,” Steve said.

The Bahls family describes Cheboi as their adopted daughter after meeting in 2011 when Moline’s Trinity Lutheran Church sponsored Cheboi’s room and board.

Jane Bahls also highlighted Cheboi’s determination as an entrepreneur along with her dream to empower young people.

“It is exciting to see the young people gain these skills not because I love technology but because I love the idea of their rise out of poverty,” she added.

In addition to the Bahls’ $50,000 contribution, additional funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Board of Trustees member Burry Gerber. Officials expect the first award to go out in about three years after the fund matures.

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