Sixteen learners have received Ksh 1.28 million in scholarship prize money courtesy of Colgate-Palmolive. The money will go towards tuition fees, stationery and textbooks in all schooling phases for the children aged seven to 18 years.
The scholarship campaign is part of Colgate’s ongoing Bright Smiles, Bright Futures programme, which has been reaching millions of children around the world with oral health education for the past 25 years.
Colgate launched the scholarship campaign in June 2017, giving Kenyan families the opportunity to win a scholarship to help ease the financial costs of educating children. To enter, consumers had to purchase any Colgate toothpaste and SMS the last four digits of the barcode to the number, 20332. More than 21,000 entries were recorded during the campaign that ended in July, 2017.
The scholarship winners are Jane Wanjiku, Sylvia Namukana, Naomi Mungundu, Felider Kwamboka, Victoriah Mbatha Musila, Maurine Obaye, Racheal Ouma, Mary Gathoni, Esther Kulei, Laura Alisha Malala, Nancy Wairimu Irungu, Leonard Mulangai, Francis Githinji, Magdalene Wairimu Murungu, Hussein Otieno and Julius Odhiambo.
Through long-standing partnerships with governments, schools and communities, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures is among the most far-reaching, successful children’s oral health initiatives in the world.
The initiative has reached more than 900 million children and their families across 80 countries. The programmes delivers oral health education and will continue to do so in the future.