KNA Some 252 needy and bright students from Murang’a County have been awarded Wings to Fly and Elimu scholarships as they await to join various secondary schools.
Speaking while commissioning the scholarships at Murang’a Teachers College Saturday, Equity Bank Managing Director Mr. Gerald Warui said the scholarship will fully cater for school fees and personal expenses of the selected students.
Warui said the programme has helped many needy students to achieve their education goals and some of them have secured jobs and were already giving back to the community.
He explained that the selection process involved various stakeholders to ensure the beneficiaries are from poor backgrounds.
“The scholarship programme is aimed at giving a chance to those bright students who are from poor backgrounds, who without the support cannot join secondary schools. Here in Murang’a more than 1,700 learners applied for scholarships but only 252 were selected,” said Warui, adding that members of the community, clergy and government representatives were all involved in picking the neediest cases to benefit from the scholarships.
He said due to financial challenges the Equity bank and Elimu scholarship which is sponsored by the government only managed to give scholarships to 10, 705 students countrywide.
Warui called upon other private institutions, individuals and non-governmental organizations to come out and support education of needy students who would like to achieve educational goals.
Since the inauguration of Wings to Fly and Elimu scholarships some years back, more than 37, 000 needy students have benefited from the programme.
“The scholarships have gone further to sponsor education of some students to international universities. We have students studying in United Kingdom and USA based Universities,” Warui added.
Speaking during the same occasion, Murang’a county executive member for education Reuben Nyagia lauded the programme saying it helps in attaining the government’s directive of 100 percent transition to secondary education.
Nyagia said the county government is in process of giving scholarships to 1,000 learners who are set to join Form early next month.
A university student who is a beneficiary of the scholarship, Ruth Waithera appreciated the programme saying it gave her a chance to pursue secondary education.
Waithera, who is now a second year at the Murang’a University of Technology revealed that her mother could not afford to cater for her fees and lauded Equity Bank for seeing her dream come true.
She called upon the beneficiaries of the scholarship to embrace good morals as they join secondary schools and pursue their goals without being influenced to engage in bad behaviours