• The 92 will benefit from undergraduate scholarships valued at a total of USD 18,856,327 (slightly over Kshs 2 billion).

Nairobi, 31st August 2020…92 scholars from the Equity Leadership Program (ELP) comprising of Wings to Fly alumni beneficiaries as well as those who topped the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination in their respective sub counties have received admission to 43 global universities. The forty- three (43) institutions are across five continents in different countries including the United States, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Mauritius, Rwanda and South Africa.

With this year’s admission the largest single year cohort, the total number of scholars who have so far gained admission to global universities under the Equity Leaders Program is 633.

The global scholars will benefit from undergraduate scholarships valued at over USD 18M (slightly over Kshs 2 billion) and receive a stipend of Kshs.16 million to facilitate their preparation and travel to their host countries.

Commenting on the admissions when releasing the Kshs.16 million for air tickets, Equity Group Foundation (EGF) Executive Chairman, Dr. James Mwangi noted that despite the prevailing global pandemic, EGF through its Education and Leadership Development pillar has been able to coach and mentor bright, promising youth, to deliver the highest single year admissions and scholarship for airlift in search for higher education.

“We are proud of our ELP scholars for the hard work that they have put into this. Their dedication, consistency and perseverance has seen them gain admission into some of the best institutions of higher learning in the world including the Ivy League Universities.”

Of the 92, 19 scholars have been admitted to Ivy League Universities in the United States including Yale (2), Harvard (4), University of Pennsylvania (3), Princeton (3), Cornell (1), Dartmouth (2), Columbia (2) and Brown (2). “We have equipped our ELP scholars with the knowledge and skills to navigate new cultures and to thrive in any environment they are placed in. We challenge them to go and conquer the world by excelling in their academics and taking up key leadership roles and contributing to changing narratives about Africa as well as transforming of lives,” added Dr. Mwangi.

ELP provides a paid internship to top performing secondary school scholars including Wings to Fly alumni beneficiaries. The program aims to educate and provide mentorship and exposure to Kenyan youth, create a generation of value-based leaders, who bring about positive change in the community by driving sustainable economic growth and social progress in Kenya and globally.

Maxwell Ojiambo, a Wings to Fly alumnus and an ELP scholar who is set to join Stanford University to pursue Electrical Engineering said, “My experience in Wings to Fly and ELP has taught me that tough times don’t last forever. Equity took a chance on me and they turned me into a promising young man with big dreams and a great vision for the future. I am truly grateful for the experience.”

Another ELP scholar, Joanne Nekoye who is set to pursue Computer Science at Brown University said, “I am excited to start a new chapter in my life. I joined ELP as a top KCSE performer and the experience has been unique. My application process to Brown was seamless and I also learnt a lot about leadership, responsibility and giving back through my internship at Equity. I hope to come back home to share my skills and newfound knowledge. I sincerely appreciate Equity and its partners for believing in me and other young people in our country.”

Since inception in 1998, ELP has supported 6,713 paid internships by Equity Bank at a cost of approximately Kshs.3 billion. Of these, 633 have been coached and mentored to secure admission and scholarship to enable their transition to to global universities while the majority study locally in leading universities. 33% of the ELP interns are continuing scholars, while 67% have graduated from various institutions and continued to become productive members in community building. The first ELP scholar, Samuel Kirubi, has since scaled up in his professional career to become the Managing Director of Equity Bank Uganda.

ELP global scholars do return to Kenya during their summer holidays to team up with their colleagues in local universities and spend their time mentoring the incoming ELP scholars on how to apply for college admissions, as well as preparing them for life in universities locally or abroad.

Equity Group Foundation Executive Chairman, Dr. James Mwangi addresses the 2020 Equity Leadership Program (ELP) cohort during their two week induction in February 2020. This year, a total of 92 ELP scholars have received admission at 43 Global Universities and will benefit from undergraduate scholarships valued at over USD 18M.

EQUITY LEADERS PROGRAM GLOBAL SCHOLARS SUMMARIES

DISTRIBUTION BY COUNTRY

  Region Country Count Percentage
1   Africa Mauritius 19 21%
2 Ghana 4 4%
3 Rwanda 3 3%
4 South Africa (SA) 1 1%
5     Europe Hungary 8 9%
6 Germany 1 1%
7 Turkey 1 1%
8 United Kingdom (UK) 1 1%
9 Middle East United Arab Emirates (UAE) 1 1%
10   North America United States of America (USA) 51 56%
11 Canada 1 1%
12 South America Costa Rica 1 1%
    Total 92 100% 


No Student Name High School Attended Name of University/College Admitted to Country
1 Abel Abong Ariko Moi High School Kabarak Northwestern University USA
2 Alison Jelagat Keitany Alliance Girls High School Stanford University USA
3 Allan Kimathi Gikonyo Moi High School Kabarak Princeton University USA
4 Allan Kiprono Kipkorir Moi High School Kabarak University of Bristol UK
5 Allan Nyaanga Manono Alliance Boys High School University of Debrecen Hungary
6 Alphania Wanjira Muthee Starehe Girls Centre Harvard University USA
7 Amina Ali Hussein Pangani Girls High School Bowdoin College USA
  8 Anicet Dushime Wa Mungu   Nakuru Boys High School   Stanford University   USA
9 Ann Kinanu Nkuene Girls High School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius
10 Benson King'ori Mugure Njumbi High School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius
11 Benson Mwanthi Kathini Lenana School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius
12 Bill Omole Otieno Kericho Boys High School University of Debrecen Hungary
  13   Brian Kipchumba Kapsabet Boys High School   African Leadership University (ALU)   Mauritius
  14   Byrone Omondi Rusana   Maseno School Budapest University of Technology and Economics   Hungary
15 Cedella Ijai Odiara Kenya High School Hillsdale College USA
16 Charles Munga Muiruri Starehe Boys Centre Earth University Costa Rica
17 Christine Mel Alliance Girls High School Brown University USA
  18 Christine Nasieku Lekishon   Asumbi Girls High School   University of Wisconsin - Madison   USA
19 Christine Njeri Mwangi Alliance Girls High School Yale University USA
20 Collins Munene Kariuki Nyeri High School Pomona College USA
  21 Cynthia Adhiambo Otieno   Alliance Girls High School   University of Pennsylvania   USA
  22   Cynthia Njoki Gichuki Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls   African Leadership University (ALU)   Mauritius
23 Dancan Ochieng Odira Agoro Sare High School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius
24 Danvick Muli Mbondo Alliance Boys High School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius
25 David Njoroge Alliance Boys High School Amherst College USA
26 Dennis Kamakei Yiallie Tenwek High School Haverford College USA
  27   Dennis Mwai Kimiri   Mangu High School Budapest University of Technology and Economics   Hungary
28 Diana Adhiambo Omondi Buru Buru Girls Secondary African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius
  29   Edwin Otieno Ouko   Light Academy Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)   USA
30 Emmanuel Kipngetich Alliance Boys High School Columbia University USA
31 Faith Uchi Murima Kenya High School University of Pennsylvania USA
  32   Frankline Misango Oyolo Kapsabet Boys High School   African Leadership University (ALU)   Mauritius
33 Frederick Kiarie Njoki Nakuru Boys High School Ashesi University Ghana
34 Gachomba Mwangi Moi High School Kabarak METU Turkey
35 Galgallo Tadicha Diba Miathene Boys Williams College USA
  36   Ian Kiplagat Kapsabet Boys High School   Dartmouth University   USA
37 Ian Mwangi Kamweru Moi High School Kabarak Amherst College USA
38 Irine Juliet Otieno Pangani Girls High School Yale University USA
  39 Jackline Wambui Gathoni   Moi High School Kabarak   Dartmouth University   USA
40 Jadis Azade Aganda Alliance Girls High School Ashesi University Ghana
  41   James Kagiri Kihato Muranga Secondary School   African Leadership University (ALU)   Mauritius
42 James Kaluna Maseno School Johns Hopkins University USA
43 James Kibe Mwathi Meru School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius
44 Jane Waithira Starehe Girls Centre African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius
45 Janester Kerubo Pangani Girls High School Smith College USA
  46   Jasper Ombura Ochieng Maranda Boys High School   University of British Columbia   Canada
47 Joan Nekoye Omukaga Booker Academy Brown University USA
48 Joram Arita Bosire Alliance Boys High School Vassar College USA
49 Joshua Ochieng Maseno School Harvard University USA
50 Khabhar Abdi Duntow Kangaru School University of Debrecen Hungary
  51   Lucia Mwanzia St. Francis Misyiani Secondary School   Rhodes College   USA
52 Lydia Chepkorir Masis Moi Girls Eldoret Swarthmore College USA
53 Lynda Wanza Mwema Precious Girls, Riruta Jacobs University, Bremen Germany
  54 Macbeth Kwamboka Matibe   Alliance Girls High School   Minerva Schools at KGI   USA
55 Mark Saruni Koinet Lenana School African Leadership University (ALU) Rwanda
  56 Martha Wangechi Njuguna   Loreto Limuru   Columbia University   USA
  57   Marthar Wanjiku Nderitu South Tetu Girls High School   African Leadership University (ALU)   Mauritius
58 Martin Thiga Wakaba Alliance Boys High School Cornell University USA
  59 Maxwell Ojiambo Ojiambo   Kanga Boys High School   Stanford University   USA
60 Mercy Chebet Moi Girls School Nairobi Ashesi University Ghana
61 Mercy Kerubo Omwoyo Alliance Girls High School Northwestern University USA
62 Mercy Moraa Nyamusi Alliance Girls High School African Leadership University (ALU) Rwanda
  63 Michelle Jepkemboi Kyalo   Kenya High School   Vanderbilt University   USA
64 Mike Ashiku Omamo Lenana School Bennington College USA
  65   Mike Kiplangat Kapsabet Boys High School   African Leadership University (ALU)   Rwanda
66 Mukamani Onori Luchera Moi High School Kabarak Lafayette College USA
67 Naomy Chepngeno Saseta Girls Wesleyan University USA
  68   Noel Dalmas Oduory Kapsabet Boys High School   African Leadership University (ALU)   Mauritius
  69   Peter Kimanthi Nduswa Mully Childrens' Family Ndalani High School   University of Debrecen   Hungary
  70   Philip Barven Gurmakh Upperhill Boys High School   Minerva Schools at KGI   USA
  71 Priscillah Nyaboke Oichoe   Kipsigis Girls High School   African Leadership University (ALU)   Mauritius
  72 Rachael Nyaguthie Mugendi   Kenya High School   Ashesi University   Ghana
  73   Reagan Musoka Wafula Musingu Boys High School   African Leadership University (ALU)   Mauritius
74 Richard Waweru Maina Nairobi School Minerva Schools at KGI USA
  75 Robertson Muriithi Waweru   Nakuru Boys High School   Duke University   USA
76 Rose Gathoni Njuguna Pioneer Girls Minerva Schools at KGI USA
  77 Roy Allan Ochieng Onyando Maranda Boys High School   Harvard University   USA
78 Russel Omondi Otieno Alliance Boys High School Pomona College USA
79 Ruth Kerubo Nyarindo Butere Girls High School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius
80 Samuel Ndichu Waithira Njiiri School Davidson College USA
81 Shalyn Moraa Nyakea Moi Girls School Nairobi Princeton University USA
82 Simon Mwaura Ngige Ndururumo High School African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius
83 Sydney Karimi Kariuki St. Bhakita Bahati Girls University of Pennsylvania USA
84 Tevin Villa Singei Alliance Boys High School Princeton University USA
85 Trevor Pius Kasuku Nairobi School Vanderbilt University USA
86 Trevour John Jaoko Mangu High School University of Debrecen Hungary
87 Velma Adhiambo Anyona Daraja Academy University of Rochester USA
  88   Veronica Wanjiku Mburu Senior Chief Koinange Girls High School   African Leadership University (ALU)   Mauritius
89 Vincent Cheruiyot Kericho Boys High School University of Debrecen Hungary
  90 Wesley Monyenye Osogo   Alliance Boys High School   Harvard University   USA
  91 William Alubokho Ashioya   Maseno School   New York University - Abu Dhabi   UAE
  92 Nelly Fridah Atieno Gwadi Nyamira Girls Secondary School   Moscow Power Engineering Institute   Russia

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.

About the Equity Leaders Program

The Equity Leaders Program was founded in 1998 and has scaled up over time to benefit 16,919 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 paid internship runs for the 6-10 months between secondary school completion and the beginning of university. 6,713 scholars have benefitted from internships at Equity Bank prior to joining local or global universities. Of these, 633 scholars have secured admissions and scholarships in top global universities. The leadership development model seeks to develop scholars in four program areas.

  1. Personal and Professional Development to enable scholars to identify their unique talents and strengths and to match their individual interests with meaningful career
  2. Global exposure to encourage scholars to expand their horizons and become world class-leaders who can compete and succeed in a global
  3. Creativity and Innovation to empower scholars to think creatively about providing solutions to the challenges and opportunities facing communities around the world.
  4. Community Engagement to inspire scholars to use their abilities for good and to make a positive impact on

While developing individual scholars in these thematic areas, the program also endeavors to create a strong network of scholars working together across disciplines and sectors to transform their communities, their country, and the world at large. This leadership development model is delivered through the following initiatives:

  • The Internship Program which allows scholars at local universities to return for internships with Equity Group and its partners during university holidays to get professional experience while saving for their university education. The program runs for the 6-10 months between secondary school completion and the beginning of
  • The Global Summer Internship Program which allows scholars studying at international universities to return to Africa for their summer holidays and intern with Equity Group and its partners, giving them work experience and building their professional networks on the
  • The College Counseling Program which supports Equity scholars to access admission and scholarships to some of the world’s leading universities, including the Ivy League universities in the
  • The Annual Leadership Congress which allows scholars to connect with each other to form a strong community, learn about leadership and employability skills, and interact with successful leaders from various industries
  • The Innovators Program which trains and develops scholars in innovation and entrepreneurship skills, allowing them to write business plans and pitch their ideas for seed
  • The Centers of Excellence Program where scholars provide residential mentorship to various secondary schools
  • The University Chapters at campuses in Kenya and abroad that serve as platforms for interaction, networking, and activities for the scholars during their university
  • The Wings to Fly Mentorship Program which enables scholars to visit Wings to Fly high school scholarship recipients at their respective high schools to provide mentorship and academic coaching.

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