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KCB Foundation Offers High School Scholarships to Athletes

KCB aims to nurture and grow the athletic talent to world-class standards under its annual Scholars programme

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The KCB Foundation is piloting scholarships on athletes who are students to nurture and grow their talent under the annual KCB Scholars programme. This targets students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, with a view to extending it to other sports in the future.

The move seeks to support the National Student Athletes Programme by working with the Kenya Academy of Sports through the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs as well as the Ministry of Education. On 30th December 2023, the KCB Foundation selected 50 students talented in athletics to join its 2024 KCB Scholars programme, following athletics trials held at Ndura Sports Complex in Kitale.

The 2024 class is aligned with the CBC curriculum, and as such, the KCB scholars programme aims to contribute to the transformation of talented individuals into world-class athletes, as well as catering for their education and personal development. The students will receive fully paid scholarships to join secondary schools across the country in January 2024, covering the full four-year secondary education period, as well as athletics coaching at identified centres.

KCB Foundation will work with Transcend Talent Academy to train and nurture the students’ athletic talent as well as KIPRUN to provide their athletic kits.

 “In line with the KCB Group’s efforts to develop sporting talent in the country, the KCB Foundation has piloted sporting talent into the annual scholars’ programme commencing with athletics with a view of venturing into other sports in the coming years,” KCB Foundation Director, Ms Mendi Njonjo, said.

The KCB scholars programme targets 1,000 bright vulnerable students from across the 47 counties in Kenya who sat for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in 2023. This includes teen mothers, FGM Champions, gifted and talented students and Persons Living with Disabilities.

The comprehensive KCB scholarship package offers fees payment, support for personal effects and transport, shopping and pocket money stipend, learning materials and assistive devices for students with disability. It also supports school uniforms for students In Forms 1 and 3.

It further offers quarterly one-on-one mentorship sessions with KCB branch staff and an annual holiday mentorship programme, in addition to internship and employment opportunities during and after the university studies.

Launched in 2007, the scholarship programme has so far benefitted 4,675 students, with 2,715 currently in school. With a secondary completion rate of 99% and a university transition rate of 84%, the programme continues to be a flagship KCB Group initiative to address existing challenges that prevent many students from furthering their education.

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BILL YAURA
BILL YAURA
Bill Yaura is a Correspondent for Business Today. He can be reached on email: [email protected]
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