NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 13 – Needy students seeking secondary tuition fees, including those who were severely affected by post election violence, now have a shot at securing a scholarship.,
A Kenyan-based education charity on Tuesday announced its willingness to help 50 needy Form One students.
“Palm House Foundation is once again embarking on a nationwide selection process and is inviting needy students from across the country to apply for a four-year secondary education bursary,” a statement from the trust read.
The organisation laid emphasis on the students who survived the deadly post election violence and triumphed while the odds were against them to score top marks in national examinations. It said such children merit financial support to pursue their studies.
“As a contribution towards addressing these issues, Palm House Foundation finances the secondary education of deserving students and mentors them through life so that they can impact positively on society,” the statement released to newsrooms continued.
Hopefuls should to apply for the monetary aid and present themselves at a selection interview on January 24 that will take place in all provinces. The forms are available from any branch of the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).
Established in 2002, the foundation has supported 140 students so far. Their scholarships are only available to students from poor backgrounds who have been admitted to a national school or have scored over 420 marks and have been admitted to a provincial school.
In the 2008 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations, internally displaced candidates were pitted against colleagues who were not as badly affected by poll chaos.
Violence that rocked the country at the start of 2007 following a disputed presidential election forced thousands of families from their homes. Children who fled along their parents, and sometimes alone, ended up in various camps which sheltered the internal refugees.
In some cases and aided by counsellors, the children affected somehow found the strength to cope with the trauma of their loss and salvage their education in readiness to sit for class eight papers.
Some children sat the exams at either of two designated Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) examination camps in Eldoret and Nakuru.