Equity Leadership Program scholars receive admission to global universities

92 scholars from the Equity Leadership Program (ELP) comprising of Wings to Fly alumni beneficiaries as well as those who topped the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination in their respective sub counties have received admission to 43 global universities.

The fortythree (43) institutions are across five continents in different countries including the United States, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Mauritius, Rwanda and South Africa.

With this year’s admission the largest single year cohort, the total number of scholars who have so far gained admission to global universities under the Equity Leaders Program is 633.

The global scholars will benefit from undergraduate scholarships valued at over USD 18M (slightly over Kshs 2 billion) and receive a stipend of Kshs.16 million to facilitate their preparation and travel to their host countries.

Commenting on the admissions when releasing the Kshs.16 million for air tickets, Equity Group Foundation (EGF) Executive Chairman, Dr.  James Mwangi noted that despite the prevailing global pandemic, EGF through  its  Education  and  Leadership  Development  pillar  has  been  able  to  coach  and  mentor  bright, promising youth, to deliver the highest single year admissions and scholarship for airlift in search for higher education.

“We  are  proud  of  our  ELP  scholars  for  the  hard  work  that  they  have  put  into  this.  Their dedication, consistency and perseverance has seen them gain admission into some of the best institutions of higher learning in the world including the Ivy League Universities.”

Of the 92, 19 scholars have been admitted to Ivy League Universities in the United States including Yale (2), Harvard (4), University of Pennsylvania (3), Princeton (3), Cornell (1), Dartmouth (2), Columbia (2) and Brown  (2).

“We  have  equipped  our  ELP  scholars  with  the  knowledge  and  skills  to  navigate  new cultures and to thrive in any environment they are placed in. We challenge them to go and conquer the world by excelling in their academics and taking up key leadership roles and contributing to changing narratives about Africa as well as transforming of lives,” added Dr. Mwangi.

ELP provides a paid internship to top performing secondary school scholars including Wings to Fly alumni beneficiaries. The  program aims to educate and provide mentorship  and exposure  to Kenyan youth, create a  generation  of  value-based  leaders,  who  bring  about  positive  change  in  the  community  by  driving sustainable economic growth and social progress in Kenya and globally.

Maxwell Ojiambo, a Wings to Fly  alumnus  and an ELP scholar who  is set to join  Stanford University to pursue Electrical Engineering  said, “My experience in  Wings to Fly  and ELP has taught me that tough times don’t last forever. Equity took a chance on me and they turned me into a promising young man with big dreams and a great vision for the future. I am truly grateful for the experience.”

Another ELP scholar, Joanne Nekoye who is set to pursue Computer Science at Brown University said, “I am excited to start a new chapter in my life. I joined ELP as a top KCSE performer and the experience has been unique. My application process to Brown was seamless and I also learnt a lot about leadership, responsibility and giving back through my internship at Equity. I hope to come back home to share my skills and newfound knowledge. I sincerely appreciate Equity and its partners for believing in me and other young people in our country.”


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