KNA A total of 78 needy students from Kirinyaga County have been selected by the Equity Group Foundation (EGF) for Wings to Fly scholarship and Elimu Scholarship Program this year.
Eric Naivasha, the Associate Director, Energy & Environment Pillar, at Equity Group, on behalf of the Equity Group CEO said they received a total of 300 applications from the county and they have selected the most deserving cases.
Speaking at Kerugoya Boys High School, Mr. Naivasha stated that the scholarships were awarded after visits to the applicants’ homes, background checks and verifications.
“We are happy today to present 78 candidates who are beneficiaries of Wings to Fly program out of 300 applicants,” he said.
“These are most deserving cases after a rigorous process that involved visiting individual homes and working overnight,” he added.
He said they considered merit on performance, financial status, and integrity of the parents based on the information they provide during applications.
The beneficiaries will all be taken to boarding schools where all their school fees, learning kits, uniform, pocket money, traveling to and from school, and essentials will be paid for by Equity Group Foundation.
He urged other institutions to take the students that were left by equity because they are needy and the foundation cannot accommodate all due to limited positions.
“Out of the 300 applicants we took, 78 were deserving pupils which I want to plead with other institutions and government to take up, we were not able to accommodate all,” he noted.
He further said they have the database and any institution willing to offer support to the students can get it from the data from equity.
“We have kept the data of all applicants and we can share with those willing to sponsor the students,” he said.
“We have been registering 80% transition from secondary schools to university, but this group should aim at 90% by excelling in four years,” he pointed out.
Kerugoya Equity Branch manager Simon Kanyingi echoed the directors’ ideas on other institutions sponsoring the remaining pupils, because equity had a preset number of beneficiaries. He said he has talked to the county government and the Members of Parliament to consider the children for bursaries.
“We have submitted others to the County government, so that the area MPs could consider them in their bursaries distribution,’’ he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Julius Kamau from Mwea thanked the Equity for the scholarship and promised to excel in secondary school. He scored 397 marks out of a maximum of 500.
Another Natasha Nyambura from Kerugoya who is set to join Karoti girls recalled leaving school for 5 months, but now she said Equity has offered a new opportunity.