Kwale — Base Titanium has awarded 100 deserving students in Kwale County and Likoni sub-county (Mombasa County) scholarships to institutions of higher learning.
The students were selected through a rigorous and competitive process that saw over 1,000 students apply.
For the first time, the programme has included students studying medicine who join the programme alongside students doing a variety of courses such as law, nursing, accounting, and engineering.
The 100 selected students join 950 others already in Base's scholarship programme that commenced in 2014 as part of the mining company's Community Development Management Plan (CDMP) which was designed and negotiated between Base Titanium and the local community.
The CDMP has been aligned with the Kwale County Integrated Development Plan culminating in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kwale County Government highlighting areas of cooperation.
"Investing in Kwale youth is a cornerstone of Base's community development programmes. We are empowering Kwale youth to have a cutting edge to compete fairly in the national and international labour market," Mr. Pius Kassim, the Community Relations Manager at Base Titanium said in a statement.
Kassim added that the scholarship programme is in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 which aims at ensuring inclusivity and provision of quality education for all by the year 2030.
During the handover ceremony attended by some of the students and their parents, Msambweni Sub-County Administrator Mr. Hamisi Mwandaro commended the scholarship programme by Base Titanium saying that it has grown to great heights complementing the one by the Kwale County Government that has enrolled over 600 students in Universities and over 3,000 students in high schools.
Asmahan Rajab, who a student in the new intake was excited to be among those selected.
"My dream of becoming a cardiologist is now achievable and I will work hard towards it," she said.