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A $1 million pledge for African student scholarships at LSE

A $1 million pledge to the LSE Centennial Fund in USA has been approved by its Board to establish an endowed scholarship which will enable more Ugandan students to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science, it was announced today, Wednesday 25 April, 2007.

The generous pledge was made by Firoz Lalji, president and CEO of Zones, Inc. an information technology sales company based in Auburn, Washington, in the United States. Mr Lalji committed to the gift at a dinner with LSE Director Howard Davies in Vancouver on Friday 13 April.

The scholarship will be named the Firoz and Najma Lalji Foundation scholarship, honoring Firoz Lalji and his wife, Najma, who will set up their foundation this year. The mission of the Foundation is to provide educational support for students from underdeveloped countries, to support the arts in selected communities, and to initiate ground level education and health programs aimed at assisting young women.

Firoz Lalji said: 'LSE has had a great and positive impact on my life. This is my way of connecting my alma mater to Uganda and to see a steady flow of future leaders that in turn will benefit not only the deserving students, but also Uganda's development.'

At present LSE has eight Ugandan students at the School. This donation will enable the School's Student Recruitment staff to highlight this new opportunity to study at LSE to more students from Uganda.

Director Howard Davies said: 'On behalf of the School, may I thank LSE Centennial Fund and Firoz and Najma Lalji for this donation. Creating an endowed scholarship like this really will make an impact on the lives of many young African students next year and in many years to come. Their generosity is much appreciated.'



Susan R Marks, LSE Foundation and Centennial Fund|, 424 West 33rd Street, Suite 470, New York, NY 10001. Tel: + 001 212-433-1115


  • Zones, Inc and its subsidiaries are single-source, multi-vendor direct marketing resellers (DMR) of name-brand information technology products. They serve the small- to medium-sized business market, plus enterprise and public sector accounts, from their base in Auburn, Washington, USA.
  • The LSE Foundation and LSE Centennial Fund are non-profit organisations incorporated in the United States of America for the purpose of supporting and advancing the London School of Economics' mission of research and teaching excellence in the social sciences. The London School of Economics Foundation Canada serves the same purpose for LSE alumni who reside in Canada.
  • The Campaign for LSE has raised £17 million for student support at LSE to assist the student body of around 7,500 full-time and 800 part-time undergraduate and graduate students. These students come from around 140 countries worldwide to study at LSE in London. See www.lse.ac.uk

24 April 2007