By Obegi Malack
The Kenya Education Fund (KEF) has issued 160 scholarships to 160 bright but needy students from across the country.
The students received their cheques from the nongovernmental organization in a ceremony at Nazarene Church in Nairobi County.
The organization Executive Director and co-founder Dominic Muasya said the beneficiaries received four years scholarship for secondary and one year college.
The beneficiaries were interviewed in July 2022 before they sat for their KCPE examinations. More than three thousand students had applied for the scholarship.
The director said the beneficiaries will also receive mentorship and life skills trainings. They will also receive productive health training and will be prepared for transition to their careers of choice.
He said the organization’s main aim is to ensure needy students are in school, he said they will sponsor more students if they get more finances from well-wishers.
“Our students do well we have high rate of transition from high school to university, in our last KCSE exams 99 percent of our students were able to transit to the next level we believe it is because of the comprehensive support we offer them,” he said.
KEF chairperson Dr. Grace Waiharo noted that they are sponsoring close to five hundred beneficiaries who are now in secondary schools.
Waiharo said the organization alumni donated hundred thousand shillings to the organization for supporting more needy students, they have also been mentoring them.
One of the beneficiary Valentine Sentei scored 342 marks from little known Iltilal Primary School (Public) in Kajiado South, her father died leaving behind seven children.
Prudential Life Assurance Kenya representative Stella Warui who is also KEF Board Director said they will support 85 students from the batch of 160 that will be joining the program this year.
Since its inception KEF has sponsored more than four thousand students in secondary education.
Regional Director of Education Nairobi Fredrick Kiiru who was the chief guest during the event noted that the sponsorship has contributed to transition from primary to secondary. He called on parents to give hope to their children who are from a needy background.
KEF goodwill ambassador Francis Munyao aka comedian MCA tricky challenged the beneficiaries to perform better in class, he called on well-wishers to join the organization in supporting needy students to access education.
Munyao who has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kenyatta University said he received a scholarship after he dropped out of school and joined dangerous street life.