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Bright but needy students in Makueni receive scholarships

Some 92 bright but needy students who sat their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in Makueni County have benefited from full County scholarship programme.

Speaking to KNA at his office, Makueni County Support Director for Education Boniface Muting’a said among those who benefited are 47 boys and 45 girls drawn from across the county.

“The scholarship will see the beneficiaries through school for the next four years and during the holidays they will be taken through a mentorship program,” said Muting’a.

He said each beneficiary is expected to receive Sh 70,000 which will cater for school fees and uniform for the Form ones.

He added that a total of 544 students have benefited from the programme since it was commissioned in 2014 by Governor Kivutha Kibwana.

“Out of 44 students who benefited from the scholarship in 2019, 40 students were admitted to the universities,” said Muting’a.

“The child has to attain 370 marks in order to be considered. This among other considerations like being a total orphan or having a single but poor parent, are some of the requirements for shortlisting after which, our officers visit the wards and conduct vetting for other considerations and confirmations of facts offered in the application forms, then bring a report to the committee,” added Muting’a.

At the same time, the Co-operative bank has also awarded scholarships to seven students in the county.

By Lilian Mueni and Ronald Rono

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