Twenty Five students from Kilifi south constituency who had lost hope of joining high school after missing the Elimu mashinani scholarships have now renewed their hopes after they were awarded full scholarships coutesy of the Ken Chonga foundation.
The Ken Chonga foundation initiated by Kilifi south MP Ken Chonga adopted the wings to fly model where bright but needy students get high schools fees for all the four years.
The 25 were picked from the five wards of the constituency. Every ward got five slots.
Speaking on Saturday after awarding the 25 scholarships at Vipingo on Saturday, Chonga said the fund is meant to give hope to students who without support could not make it to high school.
“We had 400 application from Mtepeni, Shimo la tewa, Junju, Mwarakaya and Chasimba wards. The committee made home visits through the help of village elders to make sure those selected are the neediest cases. We managed to select 25 where girls are 13 and boys are 12. We have Ksh 5 million which we are sure will sustain the students for the four years they will be in school,” said Chonga
Those selected scored 350 marks and above
The MP said he has been supporting students who got national school through NG-CDF bursaries by paying school fees since the year 2018 for the first and second term and then the parent pays fees to the last term but still the number of needy students is still high.
“The bursaries from NG-CDF is very little and that’s why I came up with this initiative just to supplement the efforts of NG-CDF,” he added
He challenged the beneficiaries to utilize the scholarships.
Ken Chonga foundation committee chairman Bashiri Ahmed warned that any student who will score below a B+ in end term exams will be discontinued.
Ahmed said already they are in they are going back on the drawing board to plan on how they can raise money for the next lot of students who will benefit from the Ken Chonga foundation scholarship 2020.
The beneficiaries are supposed to sign a binding contract that they will lose the scholarship if the score below a B+ and if they fail to submit their report form to the committees every term.