, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 30 – The Wings to Fly program, which caters for school fees, pocket money, shopping, books and uniforms for secondary school education, is urging students from poor backgrounds to apply for the 2000 Wings to Fly comprehensive Scholarships.
According to a statement from the program’s office, those who apply must be within the 5th percentile in their districts with over 350 marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination results released on Wednesday.
Applicants must also demonstrate that they would not afford to pay for their secondary school education due to extreme financial challenges.
“Eligible applicants include children who have lost one or both parents and have no relative or guardian or sponsor to provide for their secondary education,” reads the statement.
“Those whose parents are physically or mentally challenged and are unable to educate their children and have no relative or guardian or sponsor to provide for their secondary education are also eligible.”
Additionally, students who have suffered neglect and/or abandonment and have no relative or guardian or sponsor to provide for their secondary education can also apply.
Children whose parents are living with HIV/AIDS or other chronic debilitating illnesses and are unable to educate their children and have no relative or guardian or sponsor to provide for their secondary education are also advised to apply.
The Equity Group Foundation and Equity Bank MasterCard Foundation initiative has asked interested applicants to obtain forms from Equity Bank branches or Equity agents countrywide.
“Applying candidates should attach their 2015 KCPE result slip and return them to the nearest Equity Bank Branch latest by Wednesday, 6th of January 2016.”
Shortlisted pupils will be invited for interviews which will be conducted by the District Scholarship Selection Board.
Since its launch in 2011, the program has given out scholarships to more than ten thousand students countrywide.