How to Apply for Scholarship programs for bright but needy high school students KCPE and KCSE

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List of places where one can find a helping hand in Kenya

  1. The Kenya Education Fund

Kenya Education Funds (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.

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

  • Be in Standard 8, Form 1 or Form 2
  • Have 290 marks or above on KCPE
  • Be able to prove that you have no means of paying for high school on your own.

For more information you need to email

2.Elimu Fund Scholarships

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”-that is 300 marks and above. 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 (pocket money).Elimu Fund scholarships are  awarded for four years and  disbursed annually, based on satisfactory performance.

For more information click here.

  1. ‘Get on the Bus’ scholarships

The ‘Get on the Bus’ scholarship is an initiative supported by the Nation Media Group staff (NMG) which sponsors 25 students each from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. A large number of the scholarship beneficiaries are orphans and vulnerable children who have excelled, and are nationally in the top tier. This program just does not stop there. They also offer mentorship which includes career guidance, imparting life skills and job placement for students during the holidays, equipping them with exposure to the work environment.

  1. Hilde Back Education Fund Scholarships

Hilde Back Education Fund (HBEF) is a charitable community-based group registered under the laws of Kenya that aims to help bright but needy students.

To be eligible for the scholarship you have to meet the following requirements:

  • 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 Counties 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 are 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 County Education office.

  1. Helping Youth through Educational Scholarships

HYTES is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that raises funds in Canada to provide scholarships in developing nations. Their current focus is on paying for secondary tuition costs for financially challenged students in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Guatemala.

For more information click here.

  1. The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation Scholarships

The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation (JKF) scholarship programme has to date assisted more than 10,000 Kenyan students pursue secondary school education.

Applicants for the program must meet the following requirements.

  • Must be Kenyan
  • 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 students in public 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: ,

  1. The Kavilwa Scholarship

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.


  1. The Madeira Scholarship

This scholarship program sponsors students who are already enrolled in high school. Many times needy students have to depend on well-wishers whose support is rarely consistent.

On reference from the Principal the students can go ahead and apply for the Madeira Scholarship. After the student’s application is accepted, Akili Dada will take up the financial obligations until her graduation from high school.

To be eligible for the scholarship the student must be female, from a poor family and have scored 425 out of 500 marks.

  1. Kenya Community Development Foundation Scholarship

KCDF scholarships are for a maximum period of 4 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 students’ academic performances and discipline records.

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

Mobile: (254) 722168480 / (254) 736449212

Email:, Twitter: @KCDF

Facebook: Kenya Community Development Foundation



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 10.The Elewana Education Program

This is a program that supports bright and needy students from Western Kenya. It is a collaborative program that works closely with the community to The program is currently funded through a community matching program. This program matches funds raised from local Kenyan communities with sponsors in US to offer scholarships to the talented students from challenging backgrounds.   In return, students agree to maintain at least a C+ average while the parents and local community agree to cover all remaining fees, incidental charges including those for books, uniform, and school trips.

To date, the Elewana Project has sponsored over 400 students across Busia County (Western Kenya) and beyond. Students are required to communicate with their US/UK sponsor at least once throughout the year.

With all these options there is no reason why bright students should be denied the opportunity to get an education and perhaps be given a fighting chance in the competitive world that we live in.

Give a helping hand to a parent, guardian or community that wants more for their children and share this information, in your own way you might just change someone’s life.

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