• 118 scholars from the Equity Leadership Program class of 2020 have received admission to 56 global universities including the Ivy League universities
  • The global scholars will benefit from undergraduate scholarships from host institutions valued at over Ksh 1,448,425,862
  • ELP aims to empower young academically gifted scholars by supporting their access to education in public universities in Kenya and around the globe, as well as equipping them with leadership skills.
Nairobi, 13th July 2021… 118 scholars from the Equity Leadership Program comprising of Wings to Fly alumni beneficiaries as well as those who topped the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination in their respective sub counties; have received admission and full financial aid to 56 global universities. The fifty-six (56) institutions are situated across five continents in different countries including United States of America (USA), Canada, China, Singapore, Mauritius, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and India. This year’s admissions bring the total the number of scholars who have so far gained admission to global universities under the Equity Leaders Program to 754.

The global scholars will benefit from undergraduate scholarships from their host institutions valued at over USD 13,423,780 (Ksh 1,448,425,862) and are set to receive a token of between Ksh 100,000 to Ksh 200,000 from Equity Group to facilitate their preparation and travel to their host countries.

Of the 118, 20 scholars have been admitted to Ivy League Universities in the United States including Yale (4), Harvard (3), University of Pennsylvania (3), Princeton (1), Cornell (3), Dartmouth (2), Columbia (2) and Brown (2).

Commenting on the admissions, Equity Group Foundation Executive Chairman Dr. James Mwangi noted that there has been a significant growth in the number of ELP scholars admitted to various global universities on early admission. “Last year, 93 scholars had been admitted to global universities at a time like this, today, we are at 118 and counting with more scholars set to receive their admission letters within the next few weeks. In addition, 54 of these scholars have been admitted on full scholarships. We are grateful to the partnerships and collaborations we have with these global universities that offer our children an opportunity to study, have exposure to other top scholars from other countries and with different cultures thus creating global citizens.” said Dr. Mwangi.

ELP aims to empower young academically gifted scholars by supporting the students to apply for admission and full financial aid from universities around the world, as well as equipping them with leadership skills. This is done through a 6-9 months paid internship program, mentoring and coaching and for those looking to gain admission to global universities, admission into a College Counselling Program that runs for 3 months where they are guided on the admission process and how to manoeuvre through a new education system.

Other than mentorship and leadership development, ELP is keen on spurring personal and professional development, creativity and innovation and community engagement amongst the scholars thus moulding them into forward thinking young professionals with a heart for community give back.

“We are quite confident that these scholars will represent Kenya well and will continue putting us on the map as a country with great minds and capabilities with the ability to contribute to global agenda and purpose-led impact,” added Dr. Mwangi.

Locally, ELP scholars have come together in their universities to establish ELP Chapters, associations that allow them to regularly interact, brainstorm and find new ways of doing things within their line of careers and for the benefit of society.

Established in 1998, the program has so far benefitted 17,040 scholars and has produced professional thought leaders including Equity Bank Uganda Managing Director, Samuel Kirubi who was the first ELP scholar, Dr. Elizabeth Gitau–Maina, the outgoing CEO of the Kenya Medical Association (KMA) and the Medical Officer in charge Equity Afia Upperhill, Anthony Siloiy, Senior Software Engineer at Dell EMC, Vincent Mukiri, Managing Partner of Mukiri Global Advocates,  Brian Mwiti, Senior Associate at Ethos Private Equity, Dr. Allan Makenzie, Associate Director, Global Sustainability and Government Affairs at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Ltd among many other ELP scholars.

 
EQUITY LEADERS PROGRAM
GLOBAL SCHOLARS SUMMARIES
 
DISTRIBUTION BY REGION AND COUNTRY

  COUNTRY COUNT PERCENTAGE
Africa
1 Ghana 2 1.7%
2 Mauritius 30 25.4%
3 Rwanda 5 4.2%
4 South Africa 10 8.5%
Asia & Middle East
5 China 2 1.7%
6 India 1 0.9%
7 Singapore 2 1.7%
8 UAE 1 0.9%
Europe
9 Slovakia 1 0.9%
10 Switzerland 2 1.7%
North America
11 Canada 3 2.5%
12 USA 58 49%
South America
13 Costa Rica 1 0.9%
  Grand Total 118 100%


DISTRIBUTION BY INSTITUITION
No. Name High School University Country Region
1 Anne Achieng Alwala Bunyore Girls High School Ashesi University Ghana Africa
2 Collins Ochieng Wanga Nambale Boys High School Ashesi University Ghana Africa
3 Rahab Nyokabi Njambi Chogoria Girls African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
4 Cindy Sydney Bosibori Kenya High School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
5 Caleb Nyang'iti Magoma Nairobi School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
6 Michael Karanu Kibuchi Muranga High School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
7 Dalvin Ochieng Onyango Alliance Boys African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
8 Feni Awuor Atieno Asumbi Girls High School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
9 Jacob Omoo Emoit Chavakali Boys Secondary School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
10 Kenneth Koome Thiagetia Chuka Boys High School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
11 Valarie Nalwende Wambui Juja Preparatory & Senior School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
12 Caleb Nyangena Oira Kapsabet Boys African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
13 Hlubi Olombo Ougo Kapsabet Boys African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
14 Oliver Kipkirui Langat Kapsabet Boys African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
15 Anne Wangui Chege Kenya High School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
16 Michelle Were Ambunya Kenya High School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
17 Rose Wendy Muthanje Kariuki Kenya High School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
18 Victoria Saidi Kenya High School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
19 Justus Wamswa Chemirmir Lenana School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
20 Davies Kagiri Waiharo Light Academy African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
21 Peace Resian Loreto High School, Limuru African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
22 Charles Lopeyok Nairobi School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
23 Felix Omondi Ongala Nairobi School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
24 Ian Kinyanjui Ng'ethe Nairobi School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
25 William Kihuga Kibira Nairobi School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
26 George Nyoro Gakenia Nguviu Boys High School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
27 Faith Imbudede Assava Sironga Girls Secondary African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
28 Evance Mboya Otieno St. Joseph's Rapogi Boys Secondary African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
29 Stella Njambi Ndungi St. Mary's Girls, Igoji African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
30 Antonio Kachilia Njemela St. Patrick's Iten African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
31 Austin Otieno Omondi Starehe Boys Centre & School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
32 Rosemary Wangui Nyambura Starehe Girls Centre African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius Africa
33 Seth Barasa Wanyonyi Alliance Boys African Leadership University (ALU) Rwanda Africa
34 Mary Mwikali Kilonzi Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls African Leadership University (ALU) Rwanda Africa
35 Jeff Gichuki Njoroge Kerugoya Boys African Leadership University (ALU) Rwanda Africa
36 Denis Kamau Gakenia Nyandarua High School African Leadership University (ALU) Rwanda Africa
37 Kelvin Kariithi Kariithi Nyandarua High School African Leadership University (ALU) Rwanda Africa
38 Emmanuel Otieno Ogweno Maseno School University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa Africa
39 Antonina Chebet Maswan Moi High School Kabarak University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa Africa
40 Davis Kipchirchir Korir Alliance Boys University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa Africa
41 Melissa Wanjiru Muchiri Alliance Girls University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa Africa
42 Benjamin Karanja Mukeku Kapsabet Boys University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa Africa
43 George Kipkoech Rop Kapsabet Boys University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa Africa
44 Travimadox Cobb Webb Lenana School University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa Africa
45 Joseph Kimingi Karanja Light Academy University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa Africa
46 Brenda Jebet Maryhill Girls High School University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa Africa
47 Charity Amani Kabare Moi High School Kabarak University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa Africa
48 Jane Waithira Wanjiru Starehe Girls Centre Central South University China Asia
49 Moses Kariuki Nyambura Chania Boys High School New York University - Shanghai China Asia
50 Edith Nafula Wawire Alliance Girls Institute of Chemical Technology India Asia
51 Ken Kiogora Runguma Alliance Boys Yale NUS College Singapore Asia
52 Barbara Chemurgor Alliance Girls Yale NUS College Singapore Asia
53 Sherry Amondi Were Kenya High School New York University - Abu Dhabi UAE Asia
54 Dennis Shikanda Wanjeri Muranga High School Comenius University Slovakia Europe
55 Mercy Nduta Njeri Chogoria Girls Franklin University Switzerland Europe
56 Grace Faith Oira Kenya High School Franklin University Switzerland Europe
57 Dennis Muuo Cosmas Alliance Boys University of Alberta Canada North America
58 John Nyak Kang ACK St. Lukes Cheptiret University of British Columbia Canada North America
59 Larita Jerono Kipkeu Maryhill Girls High School University of British Columbia Canada North America
60 Erick Otieno Otieno Maranda High School Arcadia University USA North America
61 Daniel Okumu Omondi Agoro Sare High School Brown University USA North America
62 Enock Nyakundi Kenani Mbita High School Brown University USA North America
63 Finley Ogechi Motari Alliance Boys Columbia University USA North America
64 Monicah Wangui Wambugu Pioneer Girls Columbia University USA North America
65 Maureen Njeri Kaminja Kenya High School Cornell University USA North America
66 Anthony Kinyanjui Kariuki Kiaguthu Boys Secondary School Cornell University USA North America
67 Peter Ng'ang'a Wainaina Nakuru High School Cornell University USA North America
68 Jonathan Kasindi Sumaili Lenana School Dartmouth College USA North America
69 Ivy Nasiaki Mayende Moi High School Kabarak Dartmouth College USA North America
70 Nickson Wasike Wasike Alliance Boys Drexel University USA North America
71 Caleb Kiprono Friends School Kamusinga Duke University USA North America
72 Beauttah Nyaguthii Wanja Kenya High School Emory University USA North America
73 Johnson Aboge David Odhiambo Kapsabet Boys Harvard University USA North America
74 Ezra Sikuta Kizito Moi High School Kabarak Harvard University USA North America
75 Peter Wanjiru Chege Nairobi School Harvard University USA North America
76 Madzao Rocha Ndegwa Alliance Boys Howard University USA North America
77 Victor Abayesu Sedecias Chavakhali High School Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) USA North America
78 Victor Mulinge Chavakhali High School Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) USA North America
79 Grace Achieng Ouko Kenya High School Lafayette College USA North America
80 Mukamani Onori Luchera Moi High School Kabarak Lafayette College USA North America
81 Cheryl Nasike Wanyama Kenya High School Marymount Manhattan College USA North America
82 Eddy Ogola Onyango Alliance Boys Massachusettes Institute of Technology (MIT) USA North America
83 Esther Faith Kinyanjui Kenya High School Massachusettes Institute of Technology (MIT) USA North America
84 Vivian Mbithe Syengo Kipsigis Girls High School Middlebury College USA North America
85 Joy Njeri Mwenjwa Pioneer Girls Minerva Schools at KGI USA North America
86 Okomba Matayo Mugoma St. Joseph's Rapogi Boys Secondary Minerva Schools at KGI USA North America
87 Diana Petra Micheni Kenya High School New York University (NYU) USA North America
88 Tom Muma Ratemo Alliance Boys Northwestern University USA North America
89 Edwin Pokisa Naiputari Nanyuki High School Northwestern University USA North America
90 Jeff Matu Mwathi Strathmore School Notre Dame University USA North America
91 Kennedy Muia Kainga Alliance Boys Pacific University, Oregon USA North America
92 Michelle Nasiwondo Wawire St. Brigid's Kiminini Penn State University USA North America
93 Meek Jebet Koros Moi High School Kabarak Pepperdine University USA North America
94 Bradley Kimutai Kosgei Kapsabet Boys Pomona College USA North America
95 Moses Njuguna Alliance Boys Princeton University USA North America
96 Lavender Akinyi Juma Moi Girls School, Nairobi Rice University USA North America
97 Gabriel Wairagu Wanjau Alliance Boys Stanford University USA North America
98 Michael James Ugwe Alliance Boys Swarthmore College USA North America
99 Emmy Wanditi Njue Buru Buru Girls Syracuse University USA North America
100 Rennie Kipchirchir Alliance Boys Tufts University USA North America
101 Winnie Waithira Robert Naivasha Girls Secondary University of Massachusetts  - Dartmouth USA North America
102 Mary Atieno Audi Alliance Girls University of Pennsylvania USA North America
103 Faustin Otieno Amboko Nairobi School University of Pennsylvania USA North America
104 Laura Chelangat Ruto St. Brigid's Kiminini University of Pennsylvania USA North America
105 Kirkstone Lucky Osamba Alliance Boys University of Wisconsin - Madison USA North America
106 Naomi Nyakinyua Gathuo Alliance Girls University of Wisconsin - Madison USA North America
107 Perpetual Faith Cherono Bii Alliance Girls University of Wisconsin - Madison USA North America
108 Emmanuel Omondi Ochieng Friends School Kamusinga University of Wisconsin - Madison USA North America
109 Joy Koki Wambua Kenya High School University of Wisconsin - Madison USA North America
110 Melissa Wanjiru Kimari Kenya High School University of Wisconsin - Madison USA North America
111 Stephen Kenyanya Nyabuto Kisii High School University of Wisconsin - Madison USA North America
112 Melodius Keziah Moindi Pangani Girls University of Wisconsin - Madison USA North America
113 Aileen Chelangat Siele Moi Forces Lanet Williams College USA North America
114 Abdibaset Ahmed Bare Alliance Boys Yale University USA North America
115 Tony Munene Kinyua Kapsabet Boys Yale University USA North America
116 Natalie Muthoni Gitaari Kenya High School Yale University USA North America
117 Abubakar Abdi Ramadhan Nakuru High School Yale University USA North America
118 Diana Jepkogei Mutai Moi Girls High School Eldoret Earth University Costa Rica South America
 
IVY LEAGUE INSTITUTIONS
  University 2020/2021 Admission
1 Brown University 2
2 Columbia University 2
3 Cornell University 3
4 Dartmouth College 2
5 Harvard University 3
6 Princeton University 1
7 University of Pennsylvania 3
8 Yale University 4
  Total 20
About the Equity Leaders Program
The Equity Leaders Program was founded in 1998 and has scaled up over time to benefit 17,040 scholars. The paid internship component of the Equity Leaders Program admits the top performing boy and girl in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E.) exams from each sub-county in Kenya where Equity Bank has a branch as well as Wings to Fly graduates who score a minimum grade of A-. The program aims at empowering young academically gifted scholars by supporting their access to education in public universities in Kenya and around the globe, as well as equipping them with leadership skills.
The leadership development model seeks to develop scholars in four program areas: personal and professional development; global exposure; creativity & innovation; and community engagement. Scholars in the paid internship program have an opportunity to join the College Counselling Program to receive coaching and mentorship on how to apply to and secure admissions in leading global institutions. For those who study locally, they join ELP University Chapters that provide them an opportunity to continue being in a network and further hone their leadership and personal development. They continue to serve as mentors to their younger 'siblings’ in the Wings to Fly program in secondary schools.
About Equity Group Foundation
Equity Group Foundation (EGF), the corporate implementing foundation of Equity Group Holdings Plc, has as its mission to champion the transformation of lives and livelihoods for 100m people in Africa by 2024 through the design and implementation of innovative programs that leverage Equity Group’s infrastructure and partnerships to create shared value. Established in 2008 as the Group’s social engine, the Foundation delivers economic opportunities, capacity, tools, and technologies that enable individuals and businesses to increase productivity, resilience and share in socio-economic growth. EGF responds to the continuum of issues that challenge the socio-economic advancement of the people of Africa, especially low-income individuals, and families. EGF’s Creating Shared Value [CSV] strategy provides social development initiatives in Education and Leadership Development, Food and Agriculture, Health, Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Development, Energy and Environment and Social Protections for the most vulnerable citizens. EGF’s programs are underpinned by technology, innovation, and synergy as a central means to launch, nurture, and scale up Africa’s next generation of successful leaders and entrepreneurs delivered to all communities in which Equity has operations.
 
 

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