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Numerous scholarships and funding options are accessible for secondary students in Kenya this year, with a focus on those who took the KCPE 2023 and are set to enter Form One in 2024.

These opportunities provide essential support, covering school fees and other necessary expenses, ensuring students can pursue their studies without disruption. Here is a range of opportunities worth considering:

1. EQUITY BANK’S WINGS TO FLY SCHOLARSHIPS

Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly Scholarships present a valuable opportunity for students seeking financial support for their secondary education. Application forms are conveniently available at Equity Bank Branches and Equity Agents. Interested students can both collect and submit completed application forms at any Equity Bank branch or Equity Agent in the district where they attended primary school.

This scholarship program offers a comprehensive package covering tuition, books, uniforms, transportation, and pocket money throughout all four years of the student’s secondary education. Beyond financial assistance, scholars benefit from additional support, including leadership development, career guidance, and mentoring, designed to ensure they realize their full potential.

For those interested in applying, the official Equity page provides a link for downloading the application form and accessing other pertinent instructions. This initiative underscores Equity Bank’s commitment to fostering educational opportunities and empowering students to excel in their academic journey.

2. KTDA NATIONAL TEA SCHOLARSHIP

The Kenya Tea Development Authority (KTDA) National Tea Scholarship is specifically tailored to assist academically gifted yet financially constrained students in covering their school fees. Successful candidates are expected to maintain commendable academic performance throughout their high school education.

It’s noteworthy that the KTDA National Tea Scholarship is exclusively available to students residing within the catchment areas of KTDA factories. This targeted approach ensures that the scholarship reaches and benefits students within the specific regions associated with KTDA’s tea production and processing activities. This initiative exemplifies KTDA’s commitment to supporting education within the communities it serves, thereby contributing to the academic advancement of deserving students.

 3. KCB BANK SCHOLARSHIPS

The Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) annually provides scholarships to financially disadvantaged students. To be eligible for a KCB Scholarship, applicants must meet specific criteria:

  1. Financial Need:
    • The applicant must come from a needy household.
  2. Academic Performance:
    • The applicant must achieve the prescribed county cut-off marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination.
  3. School Placement:
    • The applicant must possess a letter of admission to a national or county/ex-county secondary school.

The application process involves the following steps:

  1. Application Forms:
    • Applicants can obtain the application forms at any KCB Branch countrywide, with availability starting from December 1st.
  2. Submission and Selection:
    • Applicants submit their forms through a county interview and selection process.
    • KCB staff teams conduct the interviews.
  3. Special Consideration:
    • Applicants with disabilities are recruited through county social development offices and integrated/special primary schools.
  4. Verification:
    • Home visits are conducted to verify the financial need of the shortlisted candidates.

Once selected, the KCB Scholarship package includes:

  • School Fees Coverage:
    • Payment of school fees for the entire four years of secondary school.
  • Support for Students with Disabilities:
    • Assistance with personal effects, learning materials, and assistive devices for students with disabilities.
  • Mentorship Sessions:
    • Quarterly one-on-one mentorship sessions with KCB branch staff.
    • An annual holiday mentorship program.
  • Internship and Employment Opportunities:
    • Provision of internship and employment opportunities during and after university studies.
  • Equitable Distribution:
    • Efforts are made to ensure equitable distribution across counties and gender balance, ensuring that both boys and girls benefit from the program.

Through this comprehensive scholarship program, KCB aims to make a meaningful impact on the education and future prospects of deserving students while promoting inclusivity and gender balance.

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