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576 picked for Equity Bank’s Scholarship Programs

KNA    At least 576 needy students from Kitui county who sat for last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) have been enlisted for the Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly and Elimu Scholarship programs.

 

            

Equity Bank manager, Kitui Branch, Francis Mbindyo, said the beneficiaries will be fully supported with school fees and other up keep expenses 

 

            

“Today 576 last year’s KCPE candidates joins Wings To Fly and Elimu

scholarship of full secondary school scholarship. Some of them selected to join schools far from this county and the bank will cater for their transport and pocket money,” he said. 

 

            

He said the vetting exercise was thorough to ensure that only the very needy and eligible applicants were retained through elimination method. 

 

            

“The high number of applicants posed a challenge in awarding the scholarship, and we had to give priority to applicants from orphaned families or had a single parent and in other cases came from extremely poor families,” he added. 

 

He noted that student sponsored under the programme in Kitui county recorded a 100% transition rate to local Universities after all the 15 candidates who sat for last year’s Kenya certificate of Secondary Education meet the minimum entry points.

 

            

“This is our way of fighting poverty, our way of making the society equal because education is an equalizer,” Mbindyo said.

 

            

Kitui central sub county Assistant County commissioner William Maingi, who graced the ceremony held at Kitui High school commended the bank for their gesture in supporting underprivileged learners saying the initiative saved the bright and needy students from dropping out of school and shaped their future

 

            

He said the government was keen to contain school dropouts adding that teenage mothers were offered a chance to enroll back for their studies unlike in the past when such opportunities after a pregnancy was almost untenable. 

 

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