KEF awarded 67 scholarships to 9th-grade students at this year's scholarship award ceremony/orientation day held on January 4th, 2019.
Awarded evenly to female and male students from across Kenya, a 4-year KEF Scholarship includes boarding school fees, uniform, a pair of shoes, textbooks, geometry set and a scientific calculator for each student.
Our scholars were selected through a rigorous application and interview process based on financial need and academic merit. Here are some of their amazing stories...
Eugene is from a village in Bungoma, western Kenya, about 260 miles from the capital city, Nairobi. He has 3 siblings and he is the first one in the family to go to high school.
Eugene oversaw constitutional affairs in the pupils’ government at his primary school. Solving problems and socializing with his mates as well as his outstanding performance in social studies are what got him elected. He is confident he will make a great lawyer someday.
She and her ten siblings have grown up in Wajir, a very remote nomadic area in North Eastern Kenya, about 390 miles from the capital. When asked what it is like growing in her family, she described it as miserable. She hates the utter poverty surrounding them.
Bahsan’s favorite subject is Science and she would like to be a Neuro-Surgeon. Dr. John Boore, one of the top neurosurgeons in Kenya, is her role model. She really admires the way he loves to give back and uplift his people. She would like to be successful too so that she can help her family and community.
Brian and his two siblings have grown up in remote and dry Kitui, 110 miles east of Nairobi. When asked to describe his home, here is what he said. “We live in a one roomed house thatched with grass, we use firewood and a tin lamp. We share bedding that is torn. The leaking parts in our roof are covered with sacks...”
He enjoys playing football since it helps him unwind, stay healthy and active. Science is his favorite subject and becoming a doctor is his career goal. Brian recently joined debate club so that he could learn to speak in front of people which is sometimes challenging for him.
Soipan is from Narok, a rural town about 90 miles West of Nairobi.
Her nine siblings and she have been brought up by a single mum who is a casual laborer. She says that it has been challenging. Sometimes they have had to go without food, school uniform and fees. An environment she says is not conducive for learning.
She is the first one in her family to have a real chance at high school. Four of her elder siblings had to drop out of school due to lack of fees. Soipan enjoys debate club because it boosts her confidence. Math is her favorite subject and she hopes to become an accountant.