Education is the most important key to escape poverty and get a better life. Yet, in Kenya, many families cannot send their children to secondary school because of poverty. They live based on farming and labor with less than $1 per day. they also cannot prepare for their children uniforms, books, tools etc, especially school fees.
Now, I have good news for KCPE candidates who have shown outstanding performance but their parents are unable to raise fees for their secondary school, maybe because they come from humble backgrounds. The good news is that there are main Foundations offering opportunities for such candidates in Kenya. They comprise the following;
1. Equity Wings to fly
The program in place targets high achieving yet needy, mainly, orphan or vulnerable students identified by assessing their performance at the nationally administered Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations (KCPE).
Students can pick application forms in the nearby equity branch.
2. KCB Bank Foundation program
The program has three main objectives;
Increase access to education for the poor.
Increase transition rates between primary and secondary school
Increase the employability rate of the beneficiaries upon clearing their studies.
KCB Foundation works in convergence with KISE (Kenya Institute of Special Education) to design and execute proper management and mentorship of scholarship for People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs).To apply pick application in the nearby KCB bank branch.
3. Coop Bank Foundation scholarships
Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited successfully rolled out an Education program in 2007 that pays school fees for bright and needy secondary school students.To apply to visit the nearby branch.
4. Jomo Kenyatta Foundation Scholarships
The JKF scholarship scheme is an educational fund set up by the Foundation to assist bright but needy secondary school students in the public secondary schools in Kenya.To be considered, one must provide proof of being an orphan or suffering from extreme poverty where applicable.
5. KTDA National Tea Foundation Scholarships
The main aim of the establishment of the Foundation is to assist bright and needy students. Successful applicants are required to keep good grades in schools. However, the KTDA National Tea Foundation scholarship is limited only to students within KTDA factory catchment areas.
6. The Family Bank Foundation scholarships
This is another organization that offers scholarships to candidates who excel in their KCPE but can’t manage to pay their school fees. Applicants must fulfill the following requirements;
Must have scored 350 marks and above.
Must complete the form that is available in all Family Bank Branches countrywide or can be downloaded from the website: thefamilygroupfoundation.org/scholarships
Must provide a written essay, in the applicant’s handwriting.
Must be extremely needy.
7. Kengen Foundation Scholarships
This Scholarship program was set up in 2005. Since then, the program has helped dreams come true for more than 500 outstanding students chosen mainly from areas neighboring the company’s installations which, in most cases are marginalized.
8. Elimu Fund Scholarships
Elimu Fund has a scholarship fund to help intelligent Kenyan students with limited financial resources to pursue and complete secondary education. For a student to be considered for a scholarship, he/she must have completed the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in the preceding year with a minimum grade of “B” and must be in the top 10% of his or her class.
9. Palmhouse Foundation Scholarships
Palmhouse Foundation avails scholarships to bright and talented children from families that are financially challenged by diverse circumstances and most of whom have attended poorly equipped rural primary schools in Kenya.
10. Hilde back Foundation Scholarships
The HBEF is a Kenyan charitable organization that provides financial support to bright children from poor families to enable them to get an education at the secondary school level. Follow this link to head on to their website, contact them, and get sponsored today.
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