There are a number of scholarships and funding opportunities available for students in Kenya. These opportunities enable students to undertake their studies undisturbed as they cater for school fees and other requirements. Below is a host of opportunities to consider:
THE PRESIDENTIAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS BURSARY (PSSB)
Students are asked to apply for the Presidential secondary Schools Bursary (PSSB) Scheme. The Scheme was started in 2013/2014 Financial year to support orphans and vulnerable children in secondary schools. This scheme is a government’s contribution towards complying with the legal requirements as stipulated in the Children’s act 2001 section 7 (1), and as a complementary service to the Cash transfer- OVC programme.
The aim of this bursary scheme is to enhance Secondary School enrollment, attendance and completion by the Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Kenya. The PSSB is administered by the Children Department Head Quarter and in all constituencies across the country.
Eligible students are called to apply for this bursary to receive funding during this financial year, 2018/2019. Pick application forms from the various Children Departments’ office in all the Sub- Counties.
To be considered for this Bursary scheme:
The student must be enrolled in a Government recognized public Boarding Secondary School
The student must be under 18 years of age at thye entry point into the Bursary Scheme
The student must be an Orphan/ Vulnerable child from a very poor House hold.
Application forms are available at all Subcounties’ children offices.
OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS IN KENYA
EQUITY BANK’S WINGS TO FLY SCHOLARSHIPS
Application forms are available at Equity Bank Branches and Equity Agents immediately after the release of KCPE results. Students can pick up and submit completed application forms at an Equity Bank branch or Equity Agent in the District where they attended primary school.
The program offers a comprehensive scholarship package that includes tuition, books, uniforms, transportation and pocket money for all four years of the student’s secondary education. Scholars also receive leadership development, career guidance and mentoring to ensure they achieve their full potential.
The secondary scholarship program was initiated in the year 2007 and has grown from an initial sponsorship of 30 students per region, to 60 students per region and 5 students per county for the 47 counties in Kenya. A total of 655 students per year from 2014.
The kenya Tea Development Authority, KTDA, National Tea Scholarship is designed to help bright but financially challenged students in meeting their school fees.
Successful applicants will be required to keep good grades in High School.
The KTDA National Tea Scholarship is limited to students within the KTDA Factory catchment areas.
Download the KTDA Scholarship form from their official page at: https://ktdateas.com/pdfdocuments/KTDA%20Scholarship%20Form.pdf
5. KenGen FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
Since 2005, KenGen has invested Ksh 17.5 Million in the sponsorship for tomorrow’s leaders – 184 Secondary School pupils and 108 University graduates.
The secondary school scholarships target each area’s top KCPE performing pupils, while the university ones target top KCSE performers. The university students also get an opportunity to work as interns in KenGen Head Office and stations. Once they complete, the top performing graduates receive a job offer from KenGen.
The bank is currently sponsoring 280 students in secondary schools through the Family Bank Education Scholarship Fund. Family Bank also supports education initiatives with an aim to build and enhance capacity. The bank has contributed cash and other related donations towards the support of education to the Kenya Private Schools Association AGM, sponsorship for the 38th University of Nairobi Accounting Students Association Anniversary Dinner, support of the vulnerable Student’s Education and in addition donated trophies to various schools to award the best students and schools during prize giving events.
They have also constructed two classrooms at Langas Primary School in Eldoret as well as boosting the Othaya Bursary kitty. Family Bank further sponsored Kiriri Women University with a financial donation.
One of the Scholarships available to those joining secondary school is the Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly Scholarship. he program targets high achieving yet needy (orphan or vulnerable) students identified by assessing two main criteria based on academic performance at KCPE and social-economic vulnerability as follows:
Academic achievement- Qualifying students must be in the top 5th percentile in KCPE in their District.
Students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds – Eligible students who would not be able to attend secondary school for reasons arising from loss of one or both parents; parents who are unable to educate their children because they are physically or mentally disabled, living with HIV/AIDS or other chronic debilitating illness; families that have been displaced due to natural disasters such as floods, drought, famine or civil conflict; families that have no evidence of accumulated assets; children who show evidence of bursaries received or financial assistance in the past or who have a past history of school absenteeism due to lack of tuition fees.
Each year, the Equity Bank Group gives scholarships to needy form ones under the Wings to Fly Programme.
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Candidates who have attained 350 marks and above are advised to fill in the application form, attach their slip and return the same to the nearest Equity Bank branch or Equity Bank Agent.
Application forms can be obtained from Equity Bank or nearby Equity Bank Agents
Completed application forms must be returned to the Equity Bank branch or Equity Bank Agent not later than 10th January
Shortlisted students will be invited for interviews which will be conducted by the Equity Group Foundation District Scholarship Selection Board.
The Wings to Fly scholarship caters for school fees, books, uniform, transport, shopping and pocket money for the four years of secondary school.
2020 WINGS TO FLY SECONDARY SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS
Only 2019 KCPE candidates are eligible to make an application for this scholarship.
The information provided in this form is intended to help Equity Group Foundation Community Scholarship Selection Board (CSSB) understand the applicant’s academic and financial position for the purpose of assessment for scholarship/award.
All fields with asterisk (*) are mandatory fields and must be filled accordingly.
This application form must be filled accurately, honestly and completely. Equity Group Foundation will reject any applications without relevant documents.
Please review the following documents and if required have soft/scanned copies for ease of completing the online application form:
KCPE Results Slip (official KNEC slip or signed & stamped paper with grades from the school). For early bird applications, you will be allowed to fill the application form without KCPE marks. However, these marks must be entered and result slip attached before final submission.
Copy of Death Certificate (if father/mother deceased).
Evidence of financial support (if they have received support in the past).
Evidence of special needs (if they have indicated special needs).
Copy of Pay Slip/ Bank Statement (if parents/guardians are employed/business).
Signed declaration by Applicant and Parent/Guardian
Filled application and recommendation form by Head Teacher, Provincial Adm., Religious Leader and any other.
The completion and submission of this form is not a guarantee for sponsorship.
Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.
Any false statements, omissions or forged documents will lead to automatic disqualification.
Please note that the application cannot be edited once it has been submitted.
WINGS TO FLY SELECTION CRITERIA An eligible applicant for the Wings to Fly Scholarship should be academically promising and either be orphaned and/or from vulnerable backgrounds as defined below:
Children who have lost one or both parents and have no relative/guardian/sponsor to provide for their secondary education – evidence in form of Death Certificates/Burial Permits/letter from your Chief should be attached.
Children who are and/or whose parents are physically, visually, or hearing impaired and are unable to educate their children and have no relative/guardian/sponsor to provide for their secondary education
Children who are and/or whose parents are living with HIV/AIDS or other chronic debilitating illnesses and are unable to educate their children and have no relative/guardian/sponsor to provide for their secondary education – medical records should be sought
Children who come from vulnerable and marginalized groups or indigenous communities or have suffered from cultural practices e.g. early marriage, female genital mutilation or negative influences including radicalization, child labour among others.
Children from families affected by natural disasters such as flooding, drought, and famine or civil conflict and are unable to educate their children and have no relative or guardian or sponsor to provide for their secondary education
Children who have suffered neglect and/or abandonment and have no relative/guardian/sponsor to provide for their secondary education
Children with parents living under extreme poverty and have no relative/guardian/sponsor to provide for their secondary education
GUIDE ON FILLING THE 2020 WINGS TO FLY SCHOLARSHIP FORM