Eight students from Kakuma have benefited from comprehensive secondary school scholarship courtesy of Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly 2018 scholarship programme.
Of this figure, 3 are refugees from Kakuma Refugee Camp while the rest are from the host community.
The 8 are among the students who performed well in the 2017 KCPE exams with the highest student scoring 413 marks.
A 14-year-old refugee student from Cush Primary School, Magot Thuch Ayii, who scored 413 marks was so thankful to Equity Bank for leading him on the path of his dream of becoming a doctor.
“I really appreciate Equity Bank for this opportunity because now I will be able to get a quality education with this scholarship…I will use this chance to better my education and become a doctor in the near future,” he said.
Speaking during the flag off ceremony held at Our Ladies Girls School in Kakuma Town, Community Scholarship Selection Board Chairman, Edukon Joespeh urged the students to take the chance seriously and make use of it to better their lives.
“Make sure you use this opportunity and to get out of ‘darkness’ into the ‘light’,” Edukon Joseph said.
Edukon urged the students to strive to excel as they do their KCSE examinations at the end of secondary school.
Equity Kakuma branch manager Martin Gitobu said the scholars will receive mentorship and leadership development and career guidance to enable them achieve their full potential.
He added that the Wings to Fly programme provides school fees, uniform, transport and pocket money in a bid to create a conducive environment for the students’ success.
Mr. Mugisha Jonas, a parent of one of the beneficiaries, said he was grateful that his daughter who is a refugee at Kakuma Refugee Camp had received the sponsorship.
“My daughter will now get to better a secondary school away from the harsh conditions here in the camp, thanks to Equity Bank,” He said.
The program which is now in its 7th year supports bright but economically challenged pupils, who would otherwise not be able to join secondary school due to financial constraints. Beneficiaries are selected through a rigorous process that reviews the most deserving cases who have met the minimum score of 350 marks in the KCPE examinations.
The scholarship caters for tuition and boarding fees, books, uniform, transport to and from school as well as pocket money for the four years of secondary school.
Last year, the Foundation received more than 25,000 applications from needy students who sat for their 2016 KCPE examinations and were unable to finance their secondary school education.