15 pupils who sat for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in 2021, will benefit from Family Group Foundation in high school and university scholarships.
Family Bank Wote Branch Manager Mr. Benson Mwanzia said the bursary targets orphans, needy children, those with disabilities and those with chronic diseases who attained 350 marks and above in KCPE.
The manager said that his organization would offer scholarships for four years in secondary schools and thereafter, educate them up to university level if they pass their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
“We had 288 applications in Makueni County, and we have vetted and identified the most deserving cases who will benefit from the bursaries,” said Mwanzia.
While speaking to KNA on Tuesday at the Inland Church (AIC) in Wote where the vetting was done, Mwanzia disclosed that the pupils who would be awarded the scholarship would also benefit from free uniform, and other essential school items to ensure nothing hinders them from joining their respective secondary schools.
The manager revealed that the selection of the 15 beneficiaries, would be fast tracked to meet the foundation’s set dateline of convening all countrywide beneficiaries in Nairobi on April 26.
“Once we have selected and informed the 15 pupils targeted by the bursary, on April 26 they will join other pupils from all the 47 counties in Nairobi, whereby they will be briefed by the officials of the family bank, and there after released on 28th to join their respective schools.
At the same time, Mwanzia said that the foundation also offers the beneficiaries a mentorship programme twice in a year to model the pupils towards positive behavior, and deter them from peer pressure and drug abuse so they could unleash their full potential to succeed in life.
He also observed that Family Group Foundation also offers internship opportunities to the students under their scholarship programme.
“Supporting these bright and needy students from poor families to access education, is our way of giving back to the society transforming their lives, reducing poverty and giving them an opportunity to contribute to the growth of our country,” said Mwanzia.
By Patrick Nyakundi/Lawrence Mwendwa