General Gabriel Riak scholarship

The General Gabriel Jok Riak Scholarship was established in 2018 to honour General Gabriel Jok Riak, an eminent alumnus of Cavendish University Uganda who was appointed the Chief of Defence Forces of the South Sudan Defence Forces (SSDF) a day after his graduation at CUU.

The University Scholarship Committee (USC) awards this scholarship to two (2) South Sudanese students each academic year who are starting the first year of any degree programme at Cavendish University Uganda and nominated by General Gabriel Jok Riak in writing. It covers 100% tuition and functional fees.

All other costs and expenses such as air travel or otherwise to and from the student’s home country, travel expenses to and from the University during semester time, living expenses (accommodation, food, scholastic materials etc.) immigration permission shall be borne by the beneficiary.


The scholarship is both a need- based and merit- based financial aid option awarded on the basis of any one or combination of criteria including financial need, academic excellence, and demonstrated leadership qualities.

Eligible candidates for this scholarship must meet the following admission requirements:

  • A letter of nomination from General Gabrel Jok Riak
  • Intent to attend classes in person at the University. The Distance Learning mode is not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Have at least 3 Principal Passes at A-level or its equivalent obtained at one sitting not more than five years before the date of the application
  • Have at least 6 Passes at O’ Level or its equivalent
  • Demonstrate that they have the required English proficiency optimal for undertaking University education.


Nominated applicants shall submit their application by formal letter sent by email to with the required documents attached.

This scholarship is awarded only to students studying at the University. (DL mode is not eligible) and is are awarded for the full duration of the beneficiary’s Programme of study subject to satisfactory academic progression of the beneficiary. This shall be demonstrated by attendance of at least 75% of all classes, submission of ALL coursework and maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) Second Class (Lower Division)

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