Scholarships for Secondary Students

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So many of our kids end up completing Primary education, but due to financial restraints cannot afford to transition to Secondary schools. icon_scholarship imagesThey fail to reach their potential and we fail to provide our societies with their possible contributions to the society. As a result, we not only fail these kids, but our society as a whole.

The following is a list of Companies and Organizations that provide scholarships to K.C.P.E students joining Secondary school.




  • African Leadership Academy Scholarships

All applicants who are selected as finalists will be given financial aid forms as a part of their finalist information package. Applying for financial assistance is strictly optional. Those students desiring to apply for financial aid must complete these forms and attach additional financial information including copies of any employment contracts and salary slips of their parents/guardians. Financial assistance forms should be submitted with the finalist application.

In the event that a student is assessed the full fee, the fees are US$30,000 annually. African Leadership Academy fees are all-inclusive, including tuition, accommodation, meals, and uniforms. African Leadership Academy is competitively priced versus the world’s leading secondary schools.

Who is eligible to apply for financial assistance?

Any applicant is eligible to apply for financial assistance if he/she is named a finalist for admission. Applying for financial assistance is strictly optional. African Leadership Academy will perform a detailed review of all applications for financial assistance. If the review panel determines that a student has demonstrated a need for financial assistance, African Leadership Academy will structure a financial package to make it possible for that student to attend the Academy.

Should you wish to speak with an Admissions representative to learn more or even visit the Academy and receive a personal campus tour with an ALA student, please contact us on the following details:

ALA Admissions
Tel: +27 11 699 3000


  • Co-operative Bank Foundation Scholarships Kenya

Co-operative Bank Foundation Scholarships Kenya: The Co-operative Bank Foundation is the Co-operative Bank’s vehicle for social responsibility.

The flagship project of the Foundation is an education scholarship scheme for bright but less endowed Kenya children who are facing difficulties in paying school fees for secondary education.

The scholarship beneficiaries are selected every year from the eight provinces in Kenya, and enjoy a full 4-year secondary education scholarship.

Scholarship Application Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

1. Student must have qualified with a minimum of 350 points in the standard eight final examinations.

2. Student must be from a needy family that is unable to support secondary education.

3. At least one of the parents of the student must be or have been a member of a Co-operative society.

4. Orphans will be eligible provided at least one of the deceased parents was a member of a Co-operative Society.

5. Sponsorship is open for both public and private secondary schools provided that the fees payable per year do not exceed the sum of KSH 50,000/-


  • Education Scholarship Grants

How does the KEF select students?

KEF scholarships are given on the basis of two major criteria: need & merit.  Since 2001, the KEF has given more than a thousand needy Kenyan girls and boys scholarships to hundreds of different high schools scattered across Kenya. Our program is unique in that we reach students from all eight provinces of Kenya as well as a very diverse mix of ethnic communities.

How to apply for a KEF Scholarship:

If you are interested in applying for a KEF scholarship to high school, you must:

  • Be in Standard 8, Form 1 or Form 2 (grade 8, 9 or 10)
  • Have 290 marks or above on KCPE (unless applying in Standard 8 )
  • Be able to prove that you have no means of paying for high school on your own

To request an application form, please email


  • Elimu Fund Scholarships for High School Students

Elimu Fund Scholarships: Elimu Fund helps intelligent Kenyan students with limited financial resources to pursue and successfully complete secondary education.

To be considered for the scholarship, the applicant must have completed the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in the preceding year with a minimum grade of “B”.

The recipient must have received admission to a public or private secondary school that is recognized as such by the Ministry of Education in Kenya.

The scholarship, in most cases, will cover 100% of the tuition, dormitory room and board (where applicable), and other associated costs, such as books, uniforms, travel, and a monthly stipend.

Elimu Fund scholarships will be awarded for four years and will be disbursed annually, based on satisfactory performance.



  • Equity Bank Scholarships/Wings to fly

Equity Bank, Equity Group Foundation and the MasterCard Foundation with support from USAID, and KFW will offer 1,895 scholarships across the country to children from financially constrained backgrounds and have attained 350 marks and above.

Application forms can be obtained from Equity Bank Branches or nearby Equity Bank Agents in Districts where Equity Bank operates. Candidates are advised to produce the 2012 result slip or a letter from their headmaster, demonstrating that they deserve to apply for the scholarship.

The Wings To Fly program scholarships will cater for school fees, pocket money, shopping, books and uniform for the four year education. This is part of our scholarship initiative to assist 10,000 deserving students to go through secondary school education.

For More Information

Ms. Ivy Mwai, Project Manager, Equity Group Foundation

P.O. Box 13241 – 00200 Nairobi, Tel:  +254 20 226 2000, Email:

Dr. Lucy Kithome, Activity Manager


Education and Youth Office, Tel:   +254 20 862 2249, Email:

Wings to Fly-Transforming Africa through Education Scholarships and Leadership Development.

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  • Family Bank Scholarships

Eligibility Requirements

1. The student must have achieved the required score (Contact your nearest Family Bank branch for more information).

2. The student must have an acceptance letter to a National or County School.

3. The student MUST demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

How to Apply

1. Pick up an application form at any Family Bank Limited Branch OR download the application form from and PRINT it.


  • Get on the Bus” Scholarships

“Get on the Bus” Scholarships: The Get on the Bus scholarship programme sponsors 25 students each from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania through an initiative supported by the Nation Media Group (NMG) company staff.

The programme enables top performers from primary schools who cannot pay the requisite school fees an opportunity to further their education by offering them a full scholarship that caters for their four years of secondary school education.

A large number of the scholarship beneficiaries are orphans and vulnerable children who have excelled, and are nationally in the top tire.

The programme provides both scholarships for secondary education as well as a formal mentorship opportunity by experts and NMG staff.

Identified as part of the scholarship scheme, the mentorship includes career guidance, imparting life skills and job placement for students during the holidays, equipping them with exposure to the work environment.

Additionally, it also provides opportunities for staff members to be part and parcel of the excellence programme by ‘adopting’ a student.


  • Hilde Back Education Fund Scholarships

Hilde Back Education Fund: Thousands of bright children in Kenya especially in the rural areas continue to drop out of primary and secondary school because of lack of funds. Hilde Back Education Fund (HBEF) is a charitable community-based group registered under the laws of Kenya to pursue the following objectives:

 To be eligible for consideration, the applicant student must:

–          Be a Kenyan citizen.

–          Have sat K.C.P.E. in a public primary school in Githunguri, Kikuyu, Homabay, Kibwezi, Likuyani, Narok and Tharaka South Districts and obtained at least 380 marks.

–          Be an orphan or from a needy family.

The sponsorship will cover tuition fee only for a period of four years of secondary education.

Beneficiaries will be expected to maintain good academic performance, to continue with the sponsorship.

Interested students should complete and submit the HBEF Scholarship application form available at HBEF offices in Nairobi and in all the respective District Education offices.

Addresses: The Director, Hilde Back Education Fund, Haven Court, Block B5, Westlands, P.O. Box 14741-00100, Nairobi.


  • Helping Youth Through Educational Scholarships

HYTES is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that has no affiliation with any government or religion. We raise funds in Canada to provide scholarships in developing nations. Our current focus is on paying for secondary tuition costs for community minded and financially challenged students in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Guatemala.


  • Jomo Kenyatta Foundation Scholarships

Jomo Kenyatta Foundation Scholarships: The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation (JKF) scholarship scheme is an educational fund set up by the Foundation to assist bright but needy secondary school students in the public secondary schools in Kenya.

The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation (JKF) scholarship programme has to date assisted more than 10,000 Kenyan students pursue secondary school education. This translates to an expenditure of over Kshs.400 million in the last 40 years. Jomo Kenyatta Foundation (JKF) is currently supporting a total of 1,280 beneficiaries in various public secondary schools across the country.

Applicants for the scholarship must meet the following requirements;

Be a Kenyan citizen

–          Must have sat for KCPE in the previous year

–          Must obtain the minimum set KCPE marks (this varies every year depending on the number of mandatory examinable subjects)

–          Be an orphan or from a family suffering extreme poverty

–          Be of good discipline

–          Be admitted in a public secondary school

–          Priority is given to applicants from public primary schools.

Head Office, Enterprise Rd. Industrial Area

P.O. Box 30533 00100 Nairobi.

Tel : ( 020) 2329987,2330002,2330003 6531965,6536200/1/2, Mobile: 0723-286993, 0723-969793, 0735-339135, Fax: (020) 6531966

Email: ,


  • Kavilwa Scholarship

The Kavilwa Scholarship is awarded to incoming first-year students.

Akili Dada identifies Kavilwa Scholars through outreach in primary schools and orphanages in the poorest communities across Kenya. The Kavilwa Scholarship is only available to girls in Kenya.

Any graduating primary school girl who meets academic standards may apply for this four-year award, designed to support each recipient from her first to her last day of secondary school.



  • KCB Foundation Scholarships

KCB Foundation Scholarships: KCB Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for secondary school students in Kenya. Education scholarships for high school students. Kenya grants, bursaries, scholarships for secondary school.

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) awards over 200 secondary school education scholarships to needy students who sat for KCPE and passed well every year.

Applicants should have scored high marks and come from needy households.

3. Applicants should bring their completed application forms to the respective interview locations.

4. Details of the interview locations and dates can be obtained from any KCB branch.

For more details contact: +254 732 187 000, +254 711 087 000 Email:


  • KenolKobil Education Scholarships

Kenol Kobil Education Scholarships Kenya: The KenolKobil Kenya Education Scholarship Fund has over the years assisted bright and underprivileged children from Kenya to access quality secondary education.

The Fund is open to all students awaiting to join Form 1.

Kenol Kobil Education Scholarships cover tuition and other statutory payments for the four years of secondary education as well as University Tuition fees for beneficiaries admitted to any of the public universities in Kenya.

Since its inception, the Fund has assisted students by not only paying their school fees, but also involving them in rigorous mentorship programmes through which the students become part of a highly skilled workforce relevant to the current job market.

Kenya Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

–          Must be a Kenyan from a needy family that is unable to support secondary education; mainly orphaned and/or destitute children.

–          Must have gained admission to a public school of National or Provincial standing.

–          The student must have sat for KCPE examination in the preceding year.

Applications should be sent to the following address, so as to reach the Coordinator on or before end of January.

The Coordinator
KenolKobil Education Scholarship Fund
KenolKobil Limited
ICEA Building 10th Floor, Kenyatta Avenue
P.O. Box 30322 — 00100



  • Kenya Community Development Foundation Scholarships

Kenya Community Development Foundation Scholarships: The Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) Scholarships are for a maximum period of four years for students admitted to secondary schools.

The grants can only be used for school fees (boarding, examination and tuition fees).

Priority is given to organizations that encourage the beneficiary students’ families and communities to make at least some contribution towards the expenses of the student in order to benefit a greater number of students.

The scholarship will initially benefit the selected candidates for a period of one academic year from the date of award. Thereafter, continued sponsorship will be determined by KCDF on the basis of the student’s academic performance and discipline records.

In aggregate the sponsorship will only last for a period of four years from the year of award or until the beneficiary ceases to be a student whichever comes first.

Telephone: (254-20) 8067440/01/01/3540239

Mobile: (254) 722168480 / (254) 736449212

Email:, Twitter: @KCDF

Facebook: Kenya Community Development Foundation


  • Madeira Scholarship

The Madeira Scholarship supports students already enrolled in secondary school.

While the short-term scholarships from well-wishers often help talented students for a brief period of time, uncertainty about the sources of long-term funding is very stressful for the students.

Upon recommendation from the principal, these students may apply for the Madeira scholarship to fund the remaining years of their secondary school education.

After the student’s application is accepted, Akili Dada will assume responsibility for her financial obligations until her graduation from high school.

To be considered for Madeira Scholarship an applicant must be a girl from a poor family and achieve a minimum of 425 out of 500 points in KCPE.


  • Palmhouse Foundation Scholarships

Palmhouse Foundation provides Palmhouse Foundation scholarships to bright and talented children from families that are financially challenged by diverse circumstances and most of whom have attended poorly equipped rural primary schools in Kenya.

Without the Palmhouse Foundation secondary school scholarships, their future remains bleak and are likely to remain trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty.

By financing their secondary education and mentoring each child through this impressionable age, Palmhouse Foundation believes they will transform their lives, their families and ultimately the society they live in.

The Foundation has so far committed to finance the secondary education of children drawn from the entire Republic of Kenya.

The main factors encountered during the selection process that appear to impact on the children’s circumstances and hence making it difficult for them to secure secondary education include:


  • Secondary School Scholarships for Girls – CHES

Canadian Harambee Education Society Scholarships: The Canadian Harambee Education Society (CHES) mission is to improve the quality of life of women and their communities in Kenya and Tanzania by providing secondary education scholarships for girls.

CHES helps girls get an education by; Providing scholarships to Kenyan and Tanzanian girls who qualify for Secondary School placements, but who need financial assistance in order to attend

Contact Details: Canadian Harambee Education Society, 446 Kelly Street, New Westminster BC V3L 3T9, Canada. Telephone and fax: 1 (778 )565 5261. Email:



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