Kisumu County Governor, Jack Ranguma, has unveiled a scholarship programme where he has pledged to annually sponsor 210 bright but needy pupils for their secondary education.
He said the programme will start with the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education class of 2013 and that 6 pupils will be picked from each of Kisumu’s 35 wards through a competitive process to join the programme.
Addressing locals at Ramula market in Muhoroni on Thursday, Governor Ranguma said he would meet the full cost for the selected candidates including tuition, boarding and uniforms among other requirements.
“This is a personal initiative that I have embarked on under the conviction that it is only through education that our young people can hope for a better tomorrow,” said Governor Ranguma
The Governor pointed to the changing dynamics of the job market and cited the need to equip the young people with requisite skills so as to ensure they remain relevant to the changing needs of the society.
The governor’s sponsorship gift comes only a few days after the Kisumu County government unveiled a Sh100 million bursary kitty with each of the 35 wards allocated Sh2 million to benefit students across the County.
Leaders from across the region have since appealed to students from Kisumu County to come out and apply for the bursaries ahead of the January 30 deadline to enable them continue with their studies in their institutions of learning.
By Milton Onyango