Equity Group has commissioned the 2020 cohort of Wings to Fly scholars at a ceremony held at Kenyatta University and presided over by Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha on behalf of H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta. This year’s 1,136 scholarships were funded by Mastercard Foundation, Equity Group and the German Government through KfW.
This year marks the 11th intake since the inception of the Wings to Fly scholarship programme, bringing the total number of scholars admitted to the programme to 17,304. The performance of Wings to Fly scholars in secondary schools has continued to improve. As per the 2019 KCSE results, 81.3% of the 2016 class obtained university qualifying grades compared to an 18.1% national average.
Through the programme, bright but financially disadvantaged children are offered comprehensive secondary school scholarships which cover tuition, books, uniform, transport costs and pocket money. The scholars also receive mentorship and leadership training during their four-year period in secondary school to equip them with life skills that will transform them into leaders in various capacities.
On a speech read on his behalf, by Professor George Magoha, President Kenyatta highlighted how the programme has been impactful and transformative to many bright but needy students in Kenya. In addition, it has complemented the government’s effort in achieving maximum transition rate to secondary school.
“We laud Mastercard Foundation, Equity Group and their Wings to Fly partners for their generous contribution for the past eleven years to this worthy course. We have good reasons to be optimistic that we are building a great country and future leaders when bright students who are vulnerable are given such opportunities to pursue their dreams and goals,” said the President.
Equity Group Foundation Executive Chairman Dr. James Mwangi urged the students to always remember that their hard work and effort is what made them secure the scholarships. He advised them to optimize the opportunity presented to them for the benefit of their families, community and country at large.
“As you set out on this journey today, we will walk with you throughout your secondary school. Make the best use of this opportunity and study hard to make your family and the community proud,” said Dr Mwangi.
Due to the success of the Wings to Fly Programme, Equity Group secured the government’s competitive bid as an implementing agency for the Elimu Scholarship Programme. The programme is an initiative of the Government of Kenya. It is funded by the Ministry of Education with support from the World Bank and aims to support 18,000 students within a six year period.