CFK Africa Lux Sit Scholarship Fund

Established in honor of Rye Barcott’s late father, Tim Schwartz-Barcott, the Lux Sit Scholarship Fund will fully support the educational journey of youth leaders in Kenya for as long as their educational needs require. The scholarships will then transfer to new students, continuing the cycle indefinitely. All students receiving a Lux Sit Scholarship will participate in CFK activities, such as leadership training and service to their communities.

A U.S. marine, dedicated mentor, and advocate for peace, Tim was committed to education and public service. For much of his life, he marked correspondence to friends and family with “Lux Sit,” which translates from Latin to “Let there be light.” The Lux Sit Scholarship Fund furthers Tim’s legacy and allows his life to continue inspiring and transforming the lives of countless youth in some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.

Donna, Rye, and Tim Schwartz-Barcott circa 1989.
Tim with his beloved wife of 49 years, Donna, and his son, Rye, circa 1989 at the Padlock Ranch, Sheridan, Wyoming, where his mentor from the Marines the late LtCol R.J. O'Leary retired and worked. Looking back on life, Tim said this photograph was his happiest memory.

Meet our lux sit scholars

Ashley Mbaisi Kahenda

Age: 14

Hobbies: Reading story books

Interests: Technology

Career aspiration: Not sure, still discovering myself

Ashley Mbaisi Kahenda

Benard Ochieng Amolo​

Age: 17

Hobbies: Drawing and singing

Interests: Community development

Career aspiration: Neurosurgeon

Benard Ochieng Amolo

Benjamin Patricia Nyaboke

Age: 15

Hobbies: Playing chess and basketball

Career aspiration: Neurosurgeon

Benjamin Patricia Nyaboke

Cleare Muoti Munyao

Age: 14

Hobbies: Singing and cooking

Career aspiration: Journalism for the love of cameras and study law.

Cleare Muoti Munyao

Joseph Omulo

Age: 14

Hobbies: Playing football, reading story books

Career aspiration: Aeronautical Engineer

Joseph Omulo

Kitsao Johnathan Kasunye

Age: 16

Hobbies: Playing football

Interests: Education

Career aspiration: Medical Doctor

Kitsao Johnathan Kasunye

Margaret Wangechi Wambugu

Age: 15

Hobbies: Writing short stories, reading and listening to music

Career aspiration: General surgeon or Cardiology

Margaret Wangechi Wambugu

Nafuna Peace Wanyonyi

Age: 14

Hobbies: Reading story books, singing and watching movies

Interests: Public Speaking and sports. I play volleyball at school.

Career aspiration: Doctor

Nafuna Peace Wanyonyi

Omondi Michael Daniel

Age: 14

Hobbies: Playing football, reading, drawing.

Interests: Technology and sports. Plays Lawn tennis at school.

Career aspiration: Neurosurgeon

Omondi Michael Daniel

Victor Kometa

Age: 14

Hobbies: Cooking, trees and vegetables planting

Career aspiration: Civil Engineering

Victor Kometa