Chances are that you know someone who left for the US in early September to begin their four years of college. And if they did this on a full scholarship, then you most likely wondered, 'How on earth did they manage this?'
For if a Kenyan who manages to get a place at a local university is usually envied by their peers, then those who get to do their studies in the US are considered to have hit the jackpot. Especially as most Kenyans who go to study in America do so on full scholarships, or at the very least, partial scholarships.
With the Kenyan passion for college education still as strong as ever, one of the questions that often come in conversation, is 'What must I do to obtain an American college education?' Or maybe, 'Who can help my son or daughter to get a scholarship?' Well, as it happens, the answer to all these questions are to be found in a guide known as the New Horizons which directs you on the way forward to American tertiary institutions.
The guide also highlights the requirements for admission to the institutions. Its authors Nathaniel Choge and Teddy Warria say they decided to write the book to assist Kenyan students get scholarships in the US. "Some Kenyans get a chance to study in the US but they don't have a proper guide on how to join the institutions. That is why we wrote the book that has all the necessary details," Warria says.
The 35-page book also has a step-by-step procedure on how to apply for admission in the tertiary institutions.
Josphine Karaanjahi, who is currently in Columbia University pursuing masters in public health says the guide was very helpful when she was decided to pursue higher education abroad. "In 2004 when I was applying to schools and colleges in the US, it increased my knowledge on what to include in my application packet, what schools offered the kind of financial aid that I was seeking for and ultimately how to make a good application packet into a great application packet," she says.
She says her success in gaining admission to Bryn Mawr College for her undergraduate studies was greatly due to the checklists, direct advice and guidance in the booklet. "The guide directed me to the American Education Advisory Centre which further helped me in the application process," she says. "Having discovered how helpful the book is, I printed a made copies for my former high school, Precious Blood Riruta's library.