Two hundred and fourty bright but needy students who sat for the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary E*******n (KCPE) examinations will benefit from scholarships from the KCB Foundation next year.

The KCB Foundation—the KCB Group’s social investment arm— has opened applications for the 2018 scholarship programme where successful students will receive full scholarship for four years of secondary e*******n in public schools.

Out of the 240 slots, 40 have been reserved for students with physical, visual and hearing disabilities, in a development that further deepens the Foundation’s investment in social programmes like e*******n and mentorship.

“The objective of the scholarship programme is to improve access and quality of e*******n for bright, needy and physically challenged students through the provision of scholarships and mentorship,” said KCB Foundation Executive Director Jane Mwangi.

The application period is open until December 14, 2017 and interviews will be conducted across the country on December 15-16, 2017.

For consideration, applicants must have sat their KCPE examination in a public primary school and attained the prescribed county cut off marks. In addition, they must be proven to be from a needy background and must have an admission notification to a public National/ Provincial/ ex-County secondary school.

The scholarship caters for full school fees, stationery and uniform. The students will also be assigned to a mentor from their home branch for quarterly one-on-one mentorship sessions.

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“Through this scholarship we seek to contribute to efforts to increase transition rates between primary and secondary school. This has been marked by a completion rate of 98% – 99% from year to year. Additionally, we provide psychosocial support as part of the scholarship in a bid to grow employability of beneficiaries of our scholarship programme,” said Mwangi.

The recruitment will bring to 1,552 the number of students who have benefitted from the KCB scholarships since 2007. Out of this number, 157 are persons with disabilities.

Application forms and details about the scholarship programme are available at all KCB Bank branches countrywide or can be downloaded from the KCB Foundation website.

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