The KCB Foundation has sponsored 340 students who have joined Form One in schools across the country this week with 47 slots reserved for students with physical, visual and hearing disabilities.
Learning costs for the high school students will be taken care of by the social investment arm of KCB Group Plc. The Group has also partnered with petroleum exploration and production firm Tullow Kenya to scale up the initiative.
Tullow is sponsoring 100 students from Turkana, Garissa, Isiolo, Meru, Samburu, West Pokot, and Lamu counties.
According to Jane Mwangi, the Managing Director of KCB Foundation, the beneficiaries will receive a full scholarship for four years of secondary education in public schools, which encompasses full school fees, stationery, and uniform. The students will also be assigned to a mentor from their home branch for quarterly one-on-one mentorship sessions.
“Through this scholarship, we seek to enable bright students from needy backgrounds to pursue education and hence contribute towards increasing the transition rates between primary and secondary school,” she said.
Part of the KCB scholarship also includes a series of life skills training sessions aimed at equipping beneficiaries of the program with relevant market place skills and to prepare them to take charge of their livelihoods.
This year’s beneficiaries will bring to 1,899 the number students who have so far benefited from the KCB scholarships since 2007. The programme has been marked by a completion rate of 99 percent from year to year.