THIRTY students from Busia county have benefitted from Equity Bank's "Wings to Fly" secondary education programme. The recipients included 15 from Busia and a similar number from Malaba who scored 350 marks and above in last year's KCPE.
While flagging off those from Malaba branch yesterday, Teso South MP Mary Emaase thanked the bank for sponsoring students from poor families.
The students left in two Nissan buses for an induction course in Nairobi before the national launch by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi.
Flanked by Malaba branch manager Evans Mwai and the selection committee chair, Reverend Fredrick Adungo, the MP thanked the selection panel for transparency in the exercise.
Emaase said deserving students, who did not to get Equity sponsorship, will be included in CDF, Ministry of Education and Elewana programmes to be rolled out soon.
Equity Malaba branch manager Evans Mwai said 160 students had applied for the scholarship and 53 candidates were shortlisted in the programme, launched in 2010.
Those who were selected include Edwin Etyang from Chelelemuk Primary, Tony Tamat (Adanya), Samuel Okware (Chamasiri), Joab Murunga (Akichelesit), Martin Edika and Caren Shakiru (Kolait) and Teresa Etyang (Ikapolok).
Others are Collins Juma (Morukamosing), Leonard Ekisa (Morukeyan), Solomon Juma (Apegei), James Bwakau (Gara), Teresa Osia (Kaliwa), Irene Okochil (Karisa), Jacinta Nabalayo (Aedemoru) and Maurine Amai (Kolanya Girls).
Murunga, who scored 380 marks, got a place at Kapsabet Boys High school. He thanked Equity for the noble gesture and promised to emerg the top candidate in 2017 KCSE.
Equity launched the programme to support vchikdren from financially constrained backgrounds to access and complete secondary school and improve their prospects of accessing higher education.
The bank will this year sponsor 2000 students drawn from all the 47 counties. The sponsorship includes tuition, accommodation, books, uniform, transport, shopping and pocket money.
Emaase told drivers who will ferry the recipients from all the counties for the national launch in Nairobi to drive with utmost care and secure the lives of Kenya's future leaders.
She appealed to students to take advantage of the programme to read hard and produce the best grades instead of engaging in social ills.