The initiatives usually have laid out eligibility criteria as well as the application procedures to guide students and parents on how to go about accessing the funds.
Most of the scholarships target needy students so as to increase their chances of accessing secondary education despite the financial constraints.
Here are some of the scholarships that currently open.
1. Elimu scholarship/ Equity Wings to fly
The Ministry of Education through the Equity Group Foundation is awarding secondary school scholarships to needy and vulnerable learners who attained 280 marks and above in the KCPE 2020 examination.
Arguably the biggest scholarship programme in secondary schools due to a large number of students its sponsors, the programme seeks students from needy backgrounds from various sub-counties in the country.
The eligibility criteria include candidates with special needs and disabilities (physical, hearing and visual impairments, autism, albinism, learning disabilities and others), Orphans and vulnerable children, Candidates from vulnerable communities in the target Sub-Counties and Candidates from urban centres with informal settlements.
How to apply for Elimu Scholarship
Before you apply the beneficiary will first have to create an account on the Equity Foundation website. https://egfdmis.equitybank.co.ke/register_elimu
Once you log in successfully, you will be redirected to a new page where you will see ‘Open Scholarship for application’.
Fill in all the fields provided in every step, then click on the â€˜Save Changesâ€™ button to submit your details in every step.
Duly completed application forms including supporting documents should be submitted to the nearest Equity Bank Branch by May 31, 2021.
Shortlisted candidates, accompanied by parents/guardians, will be invited for interviews which will be conducted by the Community Scholarship Advisory Committees
2. KCB Foundation Scholarships 2021
The KCB Foundation scholarships 2021 are designed to give bright children from needy backgrounds a chance to access secondary education.
The Selection criteria
- The applicant must have completed their KCPE in 2021.
- The applicant must come from a needy background.
- The applicant must have attained the prescribed county cut off marks. Details are available in posters at KCB branches countrywide and on the KCB Foundation website https://kcbgroup.com/foundation/
- The applicant must have sat their KCPE examination in a public primary school and have an admission notification to a public National or County secondary school.
Application for KCB Scholarships 2021
The KCB Scholarship application forms are available at all the KCB Branches countrywide and on the KCB Foundation website.
The form must be completed in full and all relevant supporting documentation should be attached.
Applicants will be expected to come with the forms for interviews in the county where they sat their KCPE examination.
The interviews will be conducted on Saturday 5th June 2021 across 46 counties in Kenya. Interviews for Nyamira County will be conducted on Friday 4th June 2021.
Candidates are advised to visit the branches or the website to see details of the interview locations.
3. Family Bank Foundation Scholarships 2021
Family Group Foundation plans to spend Ksh30 million on scholarships for students from needy backgrounds joining Form 1 in 2021.
The funds, channelled through the Family Group Foundation 2021 High School Scholarship Program, will benefit more than 100 students in 11 counties who are transitioning from primary to secondary school having received their KCPE exams results.
The awarded scholarships will cater for both tuition and upkeep for the beneficiaries in the 11 counties. The target counties include Bungoma, Kisumu, Kiambu, Kajiado, Mombasa, Makueni, Meru, Muranga, Nakuru, Nyeri and Uasin Gishu.
Interested candidates from these counties can apply by acquiring an application form from the nearest Family Bank branch, Sub-County branch or the Family Group Foundation website.
4. Jomo Kenyatta Foundation Scholarships 2021
The Scholarship Programme targets bright but needy orphans and vulnerable children in public secondary schools in Kenya.
To qualify they must meet the following criteria: Poor orphan; Poor child with disability; Child rendered vulnerable by factors affecting access to education Child suffering from extreme poverty; Child who attains 70% of the maximum marks or as agreed by the Board of Directors for marginalized areas and persons with disabilities.
Selection process emphasis on transparency, objectivity and inclusivity. Applicants are subjected to rigorous interviews covering all counties; interview panelists comprise of JKF staff, JKF alumni, partners and Ministry of Education officials.
To verify the interview results, home visits are done by a separate panel comprising of JKF staff, primary school heads and local administrators. Finally all successful applicants are commissioned through an award ceremony.
5. KTDA National Tea Scholarships 2021
KTDA Foundation grants scholarships to needy and bright students in KTDA tea growing areas for secondary education. In 2021, the foundation will grant a scholarship in each of the 70 KTDA managed factories.
Needy students who scored 350 marks and above in the 2021 KCPE examinations are welcome to apply.
To be considered one should have sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E) examination in 2021 in a public primary school
Successful applicants will be required to keep good grades in high school.
Interested students should fill and submit the KTDA Tea scholarship Application form and provide:
a. A certified copy of KCPE result slip.
b. Relevant documentation as outlined in the application form.
c. Copy of birth certificate.
d. Copy of Form One admission letter (whereas the application form can be submitted without this, the candidate MUST provide a copy of the Form One joining instructions as soon as available).
e. Evidence of being an orphan where applicable.
The studentÊ¼s parent, guardian or sponsor should fill all the relevant sections and provide supporting evidence where applicable (e.g proof of income, death certificate etc.)
All parts of the form must be submitted to the Factory Unit Manager with supporting documentation by Friday 28th May 2021. Late applications will not be considered.
6. County/ CDF Bursaries 2021
The government sets aside a certain amount of money in the budget to help needy students to access education through the bursary programmes.
These funds are disbursed by county governments to the school accounts of the successful applicants.
Application forms can be accessed from the official websites of respective county governments which the applicants hail from. One can also visit the county government offices or any chief/sub-chiefs office.
The forms should be duly filled and copies of the required documents presented. The application process will require various signatures of government officials such as the Chief, Sub-Chief, Headmen and then from their Priest/Pastor/Sheikh.
The application forms can then be submitted to the County government or to the office of the area Chief/Sub- chief who will then take them to the appropriate offices.