Seventy-four students who sat for the last Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in Siaya will benefit from a multimillion-shilling education scholarship by the Equity Bank.
Speaking during the commissioning of the beneficiaries at Mbaga Girls High school, Equity bank, Bondo branch manager Mr. Javan Odera said that 74 were selected out of over 800 applicants who applied for consideration.
Odera said that the high number of applicants was an indication that the quest for education in Siaya County was high and urged other well-wishers to emulate the initiative by Equity bank and its partners.
He said that the beneficiaries will join the wider team of 10,705 academically promising scholars from across the country who have been selected from humble backgrounds.
“Equity group has been in the forefront of championing secondary school education scholarships for 11 years now and has so far offered comprehensive scholarships to a cumulative number of 37,009 scholars,” he said.
Odera said that the scholarship will cover the beneficiary’s tuition, books, uniform, transport costs as well as upkeep money for the four-year period they will be in school.
During the tenure of their secondary school education, said the manager, the beneficiaries will also benefit from mentorship and leadership development, skills that he added will help transform them into impactful leaders in society.
Mbaga girls’ high school Principal Mrs. Musindi Christine, on behalf of school heads hailed the bank’s efforts to help needy students and said as teachers, they were ready to shape the children into becoming responsible citizens.
She further hailed the government for the free secondary education policy, adding that the support from the national government has been handy in enabling the institutions to put into place mechanisms of ensuring 100% transition.
Among the beneficiaries is Otieno Ray Odhiambo who scored 359 marks from St. Oda School for the Blind, Aluor in Gem Sub County, and who has been admitted to Salvation Army School for the Blind.
Odhiambo, who aspires to become a journalist, said his selection was a gesture that the bank values everyone, including those living with disabilities, and promised to work hard to achieve his dreams.