The KCB Foundation has today flagged off the 2021 high school scholarship beneficiaries. The 2021 class drawn from across all the counties in Kenya brings the total number of beneficiaries to date to 3,390.
The students will report to various schools from 2nd and 6th August 2021 as per the guidelines from the Ministry of Education.
Of the students, 40% are persons living with a disability: either visual, hearing or any other physical disability in line with the programme’s inclusivity mandate.
In total, 290 scholars were awarded the scholarships after meeting the scholarship needs criteria, background checks and home assessments accordingly. Out of the 290, KCB Foundation and the Ministry of Education have partnered in offering 50 scholarships.
Speaking during the send-off ceremony, KCB Foundation Acting Chief of Party noted that the scholarship programme aims to support bright underprivileged students to continue their education as it’s the surest way to combat poverty.
“Our comprehensive scholarship will cover fees for all four years, cater for personal effects, learning materials, school uniforms, transport to and from school, quarterly mentorship sessions with a KCB branch staff at their home branch and annual group mentorship for the cohort” she added.
KCB Foundation’s scholarship beneficiary Allan Wasonga was the second-best student nationally in the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and another 50 scholars scored As and A minuses ascertaining the value of the scholarship in the lives of the beneficiaries.
In addition, the Foundation kicked off an annual apprenticeship programme that will have the top 50 of the beneficiaries who score As and A minuses in KCSE get a three-month apprenticeship at their local KCB Bank branch.
Ultimately, the scholarship programme aims to increase the transition rate from primary to secondary school, and aid towards the attainment of every one of the 17 sustainable development goals.