1000 Top KCPE performers receive ‘Wings to fly’ scholarships


Some of the 1000 students who received their WingsToFly scholarships on January 4 2018. /COURTESY

About 1000 students who performed well in last year’s KCPE have received Wings to Fly scholarships.

The beneficiaries were commissioned on Friday to begin studies in various secondary schools across the country.

The funding is awarded annually to bright KCPE candidates from poor backgrounds who score 350 marks and above.

The 2019 cohort brings to 16,168 the number of beneficiaries since the launch of the programme in 2010.

It is sponsored by Equity Bank and Mastercard foundation.

Since inception 10,084 students have cleared secondary education, 8,062 of whom have since joined universities while 2,022 are in TVET.

Other than education, beneficiaries are also mentored in leadership.

Equity Group CEO James Mwangi said there has been a 100 per cent transition from school to work for all the beneficiaries.

“We can talk of complete transition as all of them are employed. Those who miss opportunities (elsewhere) come back to Equity,” he said.

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