Nairobi, KENYA: Equity Group has called for applications for the 2018 Wings to Fly scholarship program to pupils who are unable to afford secondary school fees.
In a press statement sent to media houses on Monday, Equity Bank Chief executive office (C.E.O) James Mwangi, said deserving Pupils, who would otherwise not afford secondary school education, and who scored at least 350 marks in the 2017 Kenya Certification of Primary Education (KCPE) are requested to visit the nearest Equity Bank branch or an Equity Agent and request for the scholarship application form and fill it accurately and return them to a nearby Equity Bank branch by Friday 8th December.
He added that the applications will be reviewed, and the shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews by the Equity Group Foundation Community Scholarship Selection Boards (CSSBs) which consist not less than 11 local community stakeholders.
The scholarship caters for tuition and boarding fees, books, uniform, transport to and from school as well as pocket money for the four years of secondary school.
“The program which is now in its 7th year supports bright but economically challenged pupils, who would otherwise not be able to join secondary school due to financial constraints. Beneficiaries are selected through a rigorous process that reviews the most deserving cases who have met the minimum score of 350 marks in the KCPE examinations.”He added.
The scholarships are provided by Mastercard Foundation, Equity Bank Group and other partners.
Last year, the Foundation received more than 25,000 applications from needy students who sat for their 2016 KCPE examinations and were unable to finance their secondary school education.
So far, the Wings to Fly program has provided a total of 14,168 scholarships to needy pupils across the country.
Scholarship application forms are also available online from the Equity Group Foundation’s website http://equitygroupfoundation.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Equity-WtF-Application-Form-2018.pdf.