Equity Group’s Wings to Fly Programme has airlifted 64 scholars to various universities this year, bringing the total to 329.
Speaking from Equity Centre at a ceremony to see off the class of 2016 scholars Equity Group CEO and Executive Chairman of Equity Group Foundation Dr. James Mwangi advised the scholars to remain true to their mission abroad, which is academic pursuit, leadership training, networking and global exposure.
He reminded them that they had earned themselves the opportunity to study alongside the best brains in the world.
‘’Be prepared to work hard and earn your place in the community of nations. After you achieve your academic goals, remember to come back home and participate in building our great nation, beginning with your immediate family and local communities”, said Mwangi
He said that the Equity Leaders Programme has now supported 3,405 scholars since inception with the number of those studying abroad as of this year, reaching 329 scholars from all over the country.
He explained 90 per cent of them access local public universities while 10 per cent are assisted to gain admission in global leading universities
The Equity Leaders Programme is a transition pre-university programme from the successful Wings To Fly Secondary School Scholarship Program for bright gifted but financially challenged children executed by Equity Group in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation with support of USAID, UKAID and Kfw.
The Wings To Fly secondary school program has so far benefited 12,377 students at a cost of over Sh12 billion of in comprehensive secondary school scholarship that cover their tuition, pocket money, transport, uniform and annual congress.
To date 3,400 students have completed their secondary school education while close to 9,000 are still in secondary school.
To date, more than 1,029 beneficiaries are gainfully employed in leadership positions across the world and others pursuing their post-graduate studies.
More than 2,376 ELP scholars are still pursuing their undergraduate degrees and will soon be graduating in various disciplines in local and international universities.
The Equity Leaders Programme also offers a paid internship programme at the Bank. It is anchored as an advanced leadership development initiative which selects the top Wings to Fly scholars who attain grade ‘A’ as well as the top boy and top girl in the KCSE exams from all the counties, to develop them into world-class leaders.
The students attend a three-week boot camp run by the alumni of the ELP College Counseling Programme while on summer holidays from their respective universities.
The mentoring involves coaching training and preparing scholars to apply for entry examinations to universities of their choice. It also includes inducting and preparing those admitted for college life abroad.
As a way of giving back, the ELP scholars engage in mentorship activities to high school students, a gesture which has seen remarkable improvement in many public schools’ performance.
The scholars also run initiatives that impact and benefit the immediate communities through charity and volunteering.
This year, of the 64 ELP scholars set to join global universities, 53 Scholars will be pursuing their undergraduate studies, 8 Scholars will be pursuing their postgraduate studies, 8 Scholars will be pursuing their postgraduate studies and 3 Scholars will be pursuing their post-secondary diploma at the African Leadership Academy.