The Family Group Foundation has scaled up the high school scholarships kitty to KES 60 million for students from needy backgrounds joining form one in 2023.
This year’s scholarship programme will benefit 290 bright and vulnerable students from 32 counties and allow the beneficiaries to pursue secondary education. The students will receive full scholarships that will cater for tuition, accommodation, school uniforms, and upkeep as well as get access to mentorship to guide the young children on academics, personal development and careers.
“Access to inclusive and equitable quality education is a right to each and every child in this country. Through The Family Group Foundation, we are able to bring hope to children from needy backgrounds and give them an equal chance towards fulfilling their dreams and making their lives better through education. Going into 2023, we have purposed to not only expand the kitty but also expand the counties that benefit from this programme from 14 to 32 counties,” said Family Bank CEO Rebecca Mbithi.
Since 2012, the Foundation has so far awarded high school scholarships to more than 1000 beneficiaries countrywide and invested over KES 250 million in the education sector.
“As a Bank, we are confident that these scholarships go a long way in helping the government achieve 100 per cent transitioning of students to the 1.24 million students who sat for their Kenya Primary School Education Assessment this year. This is a reiteration of our commitment to empowering families by catalyzing transformative change for wealth creation,” she added.
The minimum entry point to the scholarship will be 350 marks attained in the 2022 KCPE exams. The 290 beneficiaries will be primarily selected, interviewed and recruited through a participatory approach involving a County-based Scholarship Selection Panel comprising of representatives from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior, County Government and Children’s Services Department, Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA) and faith-based leaders in the counties.
Application forms are available at Family Bank branches as well as The Family Group Foundation website. Applications close on 9th January 2023.