Four bright needy students from Elgeyo Marakwet County have a reason to smile after Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) offered them a four year full scholarship.
The four beneficiaries are: Michelle Jepkemoi (St. Teresa high school Tartar), Melvin Jepkorir ( Singore Girls), Amos Jepkemoi (Tambach high ) and Ian Kimutai who is set to join St. Patrick Iten.
KCB Iten Branch Manager, Oscar Kiketch while flagging off the students at Iten town on Friday said the four students were selected from 63 applicants who had applied for the scholarships offered under KCB foundation.
After a rigorous exercise of shortlisting, interviewing and home visits, we managed to select the four, two from Marakwet East and the other two from Keiyo North, The manager said.
Kiketch said the bank will be disbursing Sh. 324, 000 to the respective schools to cater for school fees and also uniforms, stationary, other personal effects and pocket money, for the first year.
Subsequent disbursement will be made for the next three years as the students progress, he added.
He said KCB Foundation has sponsored 1,552 students since it was launched in 2007. The beneficiaries, include 117 students who were physically challenged.
The flagging off was attended by among others Deputy Governor, Wesley Rotich, CEC Roads, Kevin Biwott and his Education counterpart, Edwin Kipsang.
The Deputy Governor asked parents not to divert the funds meant for upkeep but to utilize it as required to keep the beneficiaries comfortable at school. I know you have other needs at home but don’t touch the money given to scholars, he stressed.
Rotich said the county government has also allocated Sh. 20 million that will be disbursed in a few weeks. Allocation to individual needy students will be decided at the ward level by ward committees, he added.
Source: Kenya News Agency