The move by the Ministry of Education to ensure a full transition from primary to secondary school by learners has yet again received a boost after KCB Foundation injected Kes252 million to continue its yearly full scholarship programme.
KCB Foundation is now calling for applications for the scholarship programme from the bright and underprivileged learners from across the country who sat KCPE 2021.
Aiding in the attainment of every one of the 17 sustainable development goals, the programme will see around 1000 students benefit up from 240 students previously.
The increase in the number of beneficiaries is in line with KCB Foundation’s expansion of the entire scholars’ programme, which now includes an apprenticeship element as well as university and tertiary education scholarships.
The program further intends to actively support marginalized, underserved, minorities and vulnerable students to access education in all 47 counties.
KCB Group Director, Marketing, Corporate Affairs and Citizenship, Rosalind Gichuru said that the increase in capacity has been informed by the long-lasting effects that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on various households, both economically and socially.
She added that the adverse impact of the pandemic has placed financial strain on households and widened the poverty gap, affecting access to education for many young Kenyans.
“As such, we increased the scholarship capacity to ensure that more of these bright students have a chance to continue their education and change their future. The revamp also means we be able to support their transition from high school to institutions of higher learning, both university and TVETs” she said.
The window for the application is open until Monday, April 11, 2022.
Qualified learners will receive access to a comprehensive scholarship, covering fees for all four years, catering for personal effects, learning materials, school uniforms, transport to and from school, termly school-based mentorship sessions with a KCB staff and an annual group mentorship and networking with fellow scholars.
The 2022 class will form the 15th cohort of the scholar’s programme, with 1,320 students currently in school, bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 3,535 since its inception in 2007.