Top students in the 2018 KCSE have secured scholarships in top American universities courtesy of the Kenya Scholar Access Program (KenSAP).
The students all combined managed an average score of 81 points which is a grade A plain.
Among the students is Juliet Otieno, the top candidate who had an A plain of 87.66 points.
Speaking at a fundraising dinner aimed at supporting the program, Charles Field-Marsham, Chairman, KenSAP Board of Directors said that since its inception 14 years ago, the program has helped 197 students in admission to elite universities in the United States. “More than 80 of them have gone to Ivy League universities,” he said.
The program has an annual budget of sh15 million annual budget. KenSAP has generated more than sh5 billion in financial aid packages since 2005, granted by the universities that KenSAP Scholars attend.
Tevin Villa who is one of the 21 students noted that they have not only prepared for the SAT exams but they have also been given an introduction into the Western culture through literature, film and intense discussions. “We have learnt an analytical approach to what we watch, read and listen to,” he added.
Speaking at the dinner, the programs executive director Alan Davidson said the funds have enabled at least 15 to 20 deserving Kenyan students selected annually and assisted in gaining admission to the most selective universities in the United States and Canada.
Recently, KenSAP opened its doors to students living in Kenya who hail from Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia, and South Sudan.
“Of the more than 100 university graduates to date, 16 have earned or are pursuing PhD’s, as well as an additional 35 who have earned or are pursuing Masters or other advanced degrees. There are also more than 50 alumni who have returned to Kenya to work for multinational corporations, international NGOs, Kenyan companies, or to develop their startups,” said John Manners, co-founder of KenSAP.
As a result of KenSAP, Manners said Kenyan undergraduates now outnumber those of any other African country on the said university campuses.
Since 2004, the students have been admitted to top North American universities including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Pennsylvania, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth and Columbia.