KENSAP taps over 8 billion shillings in financial aid for high achieving Kenyan students

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 24 – The Kenya Scholars Access Program (KenSAP) has generated 8.5 billion shillings in financial aid since its inception in 2004, supporting high-achieving Kenyan students in their university studies.

Operating for over 18 years, KenSAP has placed over 250 Kenyan scholars in the most competitive and selective universities in North America including Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Yale and 47 other universities.

The announcement was made during KenSAP’s 4th Annual Charity Gala Dinner held in Nairobi.

Speaking at the gala dinner, KenSAP’s Principal Benefactor and Chairman of the Board, Charles Field-Marsham, advised scholars to “take full advantage of the extraordinary opportunities presented to them while studying abroad. , and in addition to focusing solely on academic excellence, they should pursue leadership training, networking and global exposure”.

The President also urged stakeholders and partners to work together to realize the dreams of Kenya’s high achieving youth.

“We started out as a college access program, but now we’re also a college preparation program and a professional development program for our students and alumni. Above all, we are a community of peers, alumni and partners that our students can turn to for support throughout their journey,” added Alan Davidson, Executive Director of KenSap.

KenSAP provides access to world-class tertiary education for high-achieving Kenyan secondary school graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds and marginalized communities who would otherwise have no chance of pursuing such opportunities at global institutions around the world.

Each year, KenSAP selects approximately 20 students from more than 1000 highly qualified applicants. Just to apply, candidates must rank in the top 1⁄10 out of 1% of all test takers on the KCSE.

But KenSAP’s selection process, like that of the universities to which its students apply, is holistic, taking into consideration a range of criteria beyond the purely academic, such as family background, extracurricular achievements, commitment to development community and leadership potential.

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Selected students spend approximately 20 weeks in residential training for free, with KenSAP covering all of their attendance costs.

In this training program, they prepare for college entrance exams, attend American-style seminars, learn about America and its universities, and are guided through the complex college application process. .

Since 2006, every student admitted to the program has been admitted, with full financial aid, to a distinguished American college or university.

Since 2017, KenSAP has expanded its fundraising to include several companies in Kenya, individual donors in Kenya and around the world, and KenSAP alumni.

KenSAP alumni have donated over $250,000 to KenSAP, and they are aiming for higher annual goals in the future.

This initiative by KenSAP comes at a time when private and public stakeholders are called upon to adopt sustainable practices by adopting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guide to help achieve inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities. for everyone.