Of the 118, twenty scholars have been admitted to Ivy League Universities in the United States including Yale (4), Harvard (3), University of Pennsylvania (3), Princeton (1), Cornell (3), Dartmouth (2), Columbia (2) and Brown (2).
118 scholars from the Equity Leadership Program comprising of Wings to Fly alumni beneficiaries as well as 2019 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination top performers in their respective wards have received admission and full financial aid to 56 global universities.
The global scholars will benefit from undergraduate scholarships from their host institutions valued at Ksh 1.4 billion ($13.4 million) and will also receive additional token of between Kshs. 100,000 to Kshs. 200,000 from Equity Group to facilitate travel needs to host countries.
The fifty-six institutions are situated across five continents in different countries including United States of America (USA), Canada, China, Singapore, Mauritius, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and India.
This year’s admissions bring the total the number of scholars who have so far gained admission to global universities under the Equity Leaders Program to 754.
Equity Group Foundation Executive Chairman Dr. James Mwangi there has been a significant growth in the number of ELP scholars admitted to various global universities on early admission.
“Last year, 93 scholars had been admitted to global universities at a time like this, today, we are at 118 and counting with more scholars set to receive their admission letters within the next few weeks. In addition, 54 of these scholars have been admitted on full scholarships. We are grateful to the partnerships and collaborations we have with these global universities that offer our children an opportunity to study, have exposure to other top scholars from other countries and with different cultures thus creating global citizens.” said Dr. Mwangi.
ELP aims to empower young academically gifted scholars by supporting the students to apply for admission and full financial aid from universities around the world, as well as equipping them with leadership skills.
This is done through a 6-9 months paid internship program, mentoring and coaching and for those looking to gain admission to global universities, admission into a College Counselling Program that runs for 3 months where they are guided on the admission process and how to manoeuvre through a new education system.
Other than mentorship and leadership development, ELP is keen on spurring personal and professional development, creativity and innovation and community engagement amongst the scholars thus moulding them into forward thinking young professionals with a heart for community give back.
“We are quite confident that these scholars will represent Kenya well and will continue putting us on the map as a country with great minds and capabilities with the ability to contribute to global agenda and purpose-led impact,” added Dr. Mwangi.
Locally, ELP scholars have come together in their universities to establish ELP Chapters, associations that allow them to regularly interact, brainstorm and find new ways of doing things within their line of careers and for the benefit of society.
Established in 1998, the program has so far benefitted 17,040 scholars among other professionals.