The Kenya KCB Foundation has awarded scholarships to one thousand unprivileged students that wrote the 2022 KCPE examination and are set to join Forum 1 from February 6th and 13th.
Students who qualified for the scholarship were tested through a nationwide exercise and beneficiaries were picked from helpless and unprivileged families, having 100 slots allocated to disabled persons and 50% to girls.
Rosalind Gichuru, the Director of Marketing and Communications for KCB group, said that the foundation’s attention is directed toward academically gifted students who are not privileged enough because of various circumstances.
And this included marginalization, orphanhood, disability or harmful cultural practices, and also gender stereotypes, as the foundation goes beyond payment of tuition fees to providing mentorship and future apprenticeship in their branches.
A cash sum of Sh100 million has been set aside for the scholarship program to cater for four years of tuition fees, uniforms, transport, set books, regular mentorship sessions, and psychosocial support.
For this set, over 10,000 applications were received which is the highest since the establishment of the KCB Foundation in 2007.
The KCB Foundation was implemented to address issues of relevance, particularly in the areas of education, enterprise development, health, environment, and humanitarian intervention.
This class of 2023 will make the 16 sets for the scholar’s program, together with 1,962 students currently in school.