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The Salikenni Scholarship Fund, established in 1996,

is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing

opportunity for education in the village of Salikenni and several

nearby villages in the rural North Bank region of The Gambia in

West Africa.

We provide:


Starting in the seventh grade at the government school in Salikenni and continuing through high school and four years of higher education in The Gambia. Provided scholarships for one student pursuing a master's degree in accounting in Rome and another student pursuing an undergraduate engineering degree at Minnesota State University, Mankato.


For our students in the village and those attending high schools in the metropolitan area.


A Library

At the Salikenni school, designed to promote a culture of reading, with many books by African authors. We pay the salary of the librarian.



We rent a large compound in Serrekunda in the metropolitan area

where many of our high school students live in a supervised environment,

with regular meals and access to computers and tutoring.

In 2020, we support a total of 100 students:


  • 73 students in grades 7-12

  • 26 students in university and colleges in The Gambia

  • 1 student studying outside The Gambia



Each year we bring into the program an equal number of girls and boys, in seventh grade in Salikenni. We select them based on financial need and academic ability.



The Salikenni Scholarship Fund is managed within The Gambia by a volunteer board comprised entirely of our higher education students and alumni, all of whom have been educated under the program.

Administrators:      Dave May, US manager

                                  Anne May Hart, treasurer

                                  Libby May, communications director 

                                  Don May, founder


Manager in The Gambia:   Abdoulie Bah

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