, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 15 – Scholars in the Equity Bank university sponsorship program have received scholarships in 2012 by world leading universities to pursue various courses of study. This brings the total number of Equity Bank university sponsorship program scholars studying abroad to 69.
Speaking during the send off of the scholars who were proceeding to pursue their bachelor’s degrees overseas, James Mwangi MD & CEO Equity Bank said “this partnership gives us an opportunity to expose some of our top students in some of the top universities in the world which will expose them to other global students, members of the academia and world standard facilities.”
He reminded the scholars that they are the Vision 2030 generation and that on their shoulders lie the promise of our country. He asked them to be good ambassadors of our country.
Trevor Omangi who attended Maseno School received a scholarship to study Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in Seoul University, South Korea. “I am delighted to have this opportunity to study in a country that has championed technology in the recent years, I hope to take advantage of this diversity to expand the technology capability of my country,” he said.
Shina Leboo who was the top girl in the 2010 KCSE exams in Uasin Gishu District was admitted to Harvard University, US.
“Some girls from our community do not get the opportunity to study; some of them undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and then go for early marriages which can be depressing. I will use my influence to sensitize members of my community on the need to educate their children especially girls because we are the change our community needs,” said Leboo.
“Some girls from our community do not get the opportunity to study; some of them undergo Female Genital Mutilation and then go for early marriages which can be depressing”
Various universities where scholars have received scholarships include Aberdeen University, Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Middlebury College, Princeton University, Seoul National University, Smith College, Swarthmore College, University of Cape Town, University of Manchester, University of Pennsylvania, Williams College, Karolinska Institute in Sweden and Yale University.
“I aspire to be an architect. I’d love to pioneer in building sustainable housing for Kenyans, not just those who can afford but if we can turn our slums into sustainable housing where the lighting, energy and water is all able to sustain itself through recycling and using clean energy,” said Sylvia Nashipae from Menengai High School who was admitted to Smith College, US.
Beatrice Migaliza Lung’ahu who attended Starehe Girls Centre before joining the program received a scholarship to study Computer Science at Ashesi University. Speaking to the scholars, Beatrice said she was determined to make a positive impact in the ICT industry in Kenya.