The Wings to Fly scholarship program being managed by Equity Bank has so far produced over 38,000 students in the country for the past 12 years.
Equity Group Foundation Chairman Erastus Mwencha says the program has helped many students have access to secondary education.
Mwencha spoke on Thursday at Kisumu Boy’s High School during an annual education and leadership congress for the 2000 Wings to Fly and Elimu Scholars students in the region.
The Annual Leadership Congress has been decentralized this year owing to the large number of scholars as the program continues to expand and extend full secondary scholarships to more deserving academically gifted children from financially needy backgrounds.
Mwencha says the congress is taking place in other regions in the country noting that Nyanza region has many girls as compared to boys benefiting from the program.
He says many girls who would have been married off, dropping out of school have been rescued through the program by the bank.
Mwencha says the country is poised to produce a high caliber of professionals in different fields as the program takes root.
He says the scholars were taken through rigorous mentorship programs as they were challenged to be creative and innovative in driving change within their homes, schools and communities.
Mwencha says the program has produced a number of talents who are in the global market as it aims further to equip the scholars with a mindset of becoming principal agents of shaping their destinies.
BY JOSEPH OJWANG’