10 needy students from six Sub-Counties of Uasin Gishu County have emerged to be among the 116 beneficiaries of a full secondary school education scholarship of Family Bank Foundation in the country.
Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno speaking when he flagged off the event before the commencing of a mentorship program of the beneficiaries from the devolved unit urged more partners to come in and complement the county government’s bursaries so that many needy students can better their lives through education.
“As a county, we want to thank the family bank group for the initiative to support the students. Many of you had requested to be supported by the county government but you came up as beneficiaries of the scholarship. The best way to show appreciation is to maintain discipline and score a straight grade A in your final exams,”Chemno said.
The deputy governor asked parents to accord children a conducive environment for them to prosper and ensure vices such as drug abuse, alcoholism and early pregnancies are weeded out.
Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Stephen Kihara who was also present asked students to focus on education and have a personal commitment that will ensure the initiative of the bank realizes it’s dream.
He appealed to the students to avoid anything that may distract them from remaining focused in their studies.
Uasin Gishu CECM Education, Sports and Culture Joseph Kurgat on his part thanked the bank for the support saying that there are bursaries for needy students given by the county government but because of overwhelming numbers of those in need, the department continues to request more well-wishers to come in handy.
The director family bank group Annie Muya said the program has been there for the last six years but from this year they will be involving all education stakeholders at the county level in the identification process inorder to benefit needier and deserving students.
Muya said: “Besides the scholarship, the bank will be holding mentorship programs that will target individual beneficiaries. We had 300 applicants from Uasin Gishu after sensitization was done to the village level, interviews were done by the panel that did shortlisting.”
Present during the event were Education Chief Officer Jane Njuguna and National government county director of education Milton Nzioka.