86% of Wings to Fly beneficiaries secure university admissions
At least 86 percent of Wings to Fly scholarship programme by Equity Foundation beneficiaries who sat for the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) are set to join universities.
Speaking during the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) at Christamarianne Mission Hospital in Kisii town, Equity Group Chief Executive Officer Dr. James Mwangi said Equity Group had set aside Ksh.300 million to support students enrolled in the scholarship when their studies were disrupted due to COVID-19 last year.
“We gave each of the 17,000 students a sort of an allowance over the last 9 months when schools were closed. The girls received Ksh.4000 while the boys received Ksh.3500 and out of this initiative, all students resumed school and excelled in the KCSE exams,” said Dr. Mwangi.
The students received solar lamps, radios and phone chargers to support their learning at home and consult with their teachers.
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Dr. Mwangi also lauded 15 students from Kisii High School who received scholarships from Equity Group last year for getting direct entries to universities.
“I want to thank board members from the Kisii County scholarship selection board for the commitment they have displayed over time,” he added.
Equity Group has supported over 600 students in Kisii County under the Wings to Fly scholarship programme and most of them have managed to get admission to universities.
Equity Group Foundation (EGF) kicked off the selection process for the 2021 Wings to Fly scholarship program in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation and the German government through KfW in May this year.
The selected Wings to Fly scholars now form the twelfth cohort to join a total of 17,304 scholars who have benefitted from comprehensive scholarships offered through the program while the successful Elimu scholars will form the second cohort and will join the existing 9,000 scholars who were commissioned last year.
This brings the total scholarships so far implemented by EGF to 36,804.