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About Us

Umuchieze Ihitteafoukwu Scholarship Scheme is a program supported by Pater Noster Educational Service. It is a non-profit organization, which raises money and administers scholarships directed to needy primary and secondary school pupils.

Our Mission

To provide scholarships and link needy pupils to sponsors who can pay for their education at the primary and secondary school levels. Our focus is on indigent pupils and students who have lost one or both parents although scholarships are extended to other needy students throughout Ihitteafoukwu.


Umuchieze is an autonomous community of about 5000 people in Imo State, which is in the southeastern portion of the West African nation of Nigeria.

The scholarship program began with the efforts of Dr. Bill Carrigan and Dr. Emily Blanck both professor at Rowan University in New Jersey, United States and their daughters (Julia and Sara) to cover the schooling cost of two pupils from the community. Thus was born the Mickleton Monthly Meeting Umuchieze Scholarship Program as a focus care for the Mickleton Monthly Meeting.

Mickleton Monthly Meeting aids local leaders in Umuchieze in combating the problem of poverty in the town through the scholarship program. The scholarship covers the schooling costs of 6 sponsored students from the town. All these are promising students who have lost at least one parent and would otherwise have been unable to afford to go to school.

In 2007, Dr. Chima J. Korieh, a son of Umuchieze expanded the scholarship program to include other needy students at all levels of schooling.

How to Help:

  • By donating to the Umuchieze Scholarship Scheme.
  • By sponsoring a pupil through coving the cost of schooling.
  • By raising funds in behalf of the scholarship program.

For more information and donation contact:

Professor Chima J. Korieh, Director
Umuchieze Ihitteafoukwu Scholarship Foundation
Plot SH 11 Area G, New Owerri, Owerri, Imo State
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From the Director


Pater Noster Academy is a learning community dedicated to meeting the needs of each learner within its walls. Pater Noster Academy offers an excellent educational opportunity from pre-kindergarten through primary 6. Staff takes seriously their commitment to educating the whole child and accepting no excuses in terms of student performance.

Pater Noster Academy recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each child. Our curriculum skillfully weaves artistic add practical disciplines into everyday academics.

Students learn to follow their curiosity, to think creatively, and to work both independently and cooperatively with other. At Pater Noster, we celebrate the individuality and uniqueness of every child and strive to instill integrity, compassion and confidence in our pupils. We give each child support and encouragement to become his or her own unique self.

Pater Noster Academy is operated by Pater Noster Educational Services Inc (PNES) as a not-for-profit academic institution.I invite you to visit us in order to learn more about the educational offerings of our school and the opportunities that are available to our pupils.


Chima J. Korieh, Ph.D.
Director and CEO

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