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Kenya Equity Bank’s “Wings To Fly Scholarships”.

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.
Only children who would otherwise not afford to go to form one without financial support and have scored 350 marks and above will be considered for the scholarship.

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 their result slip or a letter from their headmaster, demonstrating that they deserve to apply for the scholarship.

Candidates are advised to fill in their application form, attach their results slip and return them to the nearest Equity Bank Branches.
Short listed students will be invited for interviews which will be conducted by the Equity Group Foundation District Scholarship Selection Board which comprises of personalities in the district and is chaired by the County Education Director or District Education Officer (DEO). 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.
Members of the public are requested to share this information widely to ensure that all deserving children get the chance to apply for these scholarships.

What is the Wings to Fly program?

The Wings to Fly Program is a public-private partnership between the Equity Group Foundation, Mastercard Foundation, UKaid and USAID. The program provides full scholarships that include tuition, room, and board to enable academically gifted but economically disadvantaged and vulnerable children to pursue secondary and tertiaty education. USAID’s contribution of $17.5 million will provide for comprehensive scholarships, leadership training, and mentoring to at least 2,166 Wings to Fly scholars over a five year period. Overall, initiative will support 10, 000 young Kenyans with access to a full secondary education by 2019. The selcted young people also receive leadership development, career guidance, and personal mentoring to help them maximize their potential. 

Project Duration and Budget

November 2011 – November 2016
$17.5 million USAID Contribution
$67 million Total Contributions

Who implements Wings to Fly?

Equity Group Foundation

Where does Wings to Fly work?


What does Wings to Fly do?

The scholarships are widely advertised in the media as well as through community and religious organizations and the transparent selection process is managed by a District Scholarship Selection Board of 12 local representatives. Although Equity Bank manages the funds to ensure that the scholars’ fees are paid on time, the bank helps the students to open bank accounts where they receive their stipends, teaching them early on about financial management. The students are encouraged to save and are mentored along the way to help boost their self-esteem, monitor their progress, and encourage them to rise above their circumstances.

How is Wings to Fly making a difference?

While free primary education has helped more Kenyan children access basic schooling, many from poor backgrounds find themselves unable to get a secondary or higher education. Without the proper training and skills to achieve their career aspirations, a large number of young people wind up unemployed and vulnerable.
By giving more youth a chance at a better education, the Wings to Fly Program is helping Kenyans drive their own development agenda by working towards a nation with educated, self-reliant and productive youths. 

To date 3,484 students have been selected for scholarships – of those, USAID is supporting 1,136 including 568 girls and 568 boys from all 47 Counties of Kenya. These young people are attending 398 different schools across the country.

There are an additional 500 scholars under the USAID-Equity Group Foundation Leadership and Scholarship program enrolled in secondary and tertiary institutions who were initially funded under a program administered by PriceWaterHouseCoopers. 

What key challenges does Wings to Fly face?

Some of the participating schools have been reluctant to share challenges they are facing with particular students until it’s too late to intervene.  To address this, the Equity Group Foundation and the mentoring teams are increasing the frequency of visits to school administrators and with the students themselves in order to address any issues quickly and upfront. Additionally, a number of students have had difficulty with their eye sight-a problem resulting from dim lighting in the homes where the young people have been studying. The program is now providing scholars with vision exams and eyeglasses if needed.

For More Information

Ms. Ivy Mwai, Project Manager, Equity Group Foundation

P.O. Box 13241 - 00200 Nairobi 

Tel:  +254 20 226 2000


Dr. Lucy Kithome, Activity Manager


Education and Youth Office

Tel:   +254 20 862 2249


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