MANCHESTER - Monday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in the Riley Center, Burr and Burton will be holding it's Eighth Annual Scholarship Night.

Scholarship Night is an evening where approximate $60,000 in scholarships are awarded to deserving BBA seniors.

The evening's guest speaker is Kathleen Colson, the founder and Executive Director of The BOMA Fund. BOMA is one of the first organizations to have a micro-finance program with measurable outcomes for pastoral, nomadic communities in Africa. Ninety percent of the women that BOMA works with cannot read or write. To date, the BOMA Fund has launched 400 businesses in the Laisamis and Karare region of northern Kenya.

When not traveling in Africa (where she is known as Mama Rungu), she works at BOMA's headquarters in a renovated barn in southwestern Vermont. Colson is also the CEO of African Safari Planners, a tour company that designs custom itineraries to East Africa for groups and individuals.

Headmaster Mark Tashjian said, "the evening's program opens with a speaker that we hope can provide inspiration for how one can live a life of service, and Kathleen Colson's work and life certainly fit the bill."


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