By Jerry Abuga
The sponsorship primarily targets children with albinism and physical disability from all counties in Kenya.
KCB Foundation and M-PESA Foundation Academy have launched a call for applicants for the 2019 class.
The countrywide call targets applicants in their last year of primary school, and who are registered to sit for their KCPE examinations in November 2018.
The applicants must be at least 13 and not more than 15 years of age at the time they are expected to join Form One in January 2019.
Applications will be evaluated on a set of criteria that include: academic excellence, leadership and entrepreneurship potential, financial need, responsible citizenship, critical thinking skills and problem solving skills.
KCB Foundation has partnered with M-PESA Foundation Academy to support secondary school education for disabled students. KCB Foundation and M-PESA Foundation Academy recently announced plans to progressively sponsor bright but needy students living with disabilities at the premier institution.
Beginning this year, KCB Foundation has partnered with M-PESA Foundation Academy to support secondary school education for 47 students at the school, who include children living with disability.
In the coming years KCB Foundation seeks to provide scholarships at the M-PESA Foundation Academy exclusively for children living with disabilities from the 47 counties in the country. Currently 961 students are enrolled in the KCB Foundation scholarship programme, with 157 being students living with disabilities.
The 47 students selected from across counties in Kenya will receive support for four years of secondary school education at a total annual cost of Ksh 4.7 million. 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.
The KCB Foundation scholarship programme has so far awarded 1,312 beneficiaries from across the country and invested over 400 Million shillings. 10 percent of the beneficiaries are students living with disabilities.
The application forms can be downloaded online on www.mpesafoundationacademy.ac.ke or picked from County and Sub-County education offices, Safaricom Retail shops and selected local churches and mosques
Application deadline is July 31st 2018. Please note that applications received after July 31st 2018 will not be considered.