The World Bank in collaboration with the plans to support 483 needy students across Busia County to enable them pursue education.
Through the programme dubbed Elimu Scholarship, the bright but needy students will be sponsored to join form one through to form four by providing their transport and entire school fees.
Speaking to KNA in his office, Busia Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Kipchumba Ruto, said that candidates must have attained 280 marks and above in the 2020 KCPE Examinations.
“The Deputy County Commissioners will be the chair of the selection committees of the Sub-counties to oversee the exercise,” he said.
Ruto urged the respective committee members to be fair during the selection process maintaining that only deserving cases should be considered.
At least 110 Sub-counties drawn from 30 counties have been earmarked in the programme with a view to improve retention in upper primary schools and transition to secondary schools.
The selected counties include, Baringo, Bomet, Bungoma, Busia, Elgeyo Marakwet, Muranga, Homabay, Kakamega, Kajiado, Narok, Kilifi, Trans Nzoia, Kitui, Samburu, Laikipia, Tana River, Makweni, West Pokot, Tharaka Nithi, Kisii, Migori, Kwale, Nandi, Machakos, Turkana, Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa, Mandera and Wajir.
Meanwhile, the Equity Wings to fly scholarship programme will also offer full scholarship to 16 more bright but needy students across Busia County.
By Salome Alwanda