Wings to Fly is a scholarship program which was launched by the Equity Group Foundation in conjunction with the MasterCard Foundation back in 2011 to support academically gifted yet economically and socially marginalized young Kenyans. The program defines social and economic vulnerability to include students who have lost of one or both parents, students whose parents are living with HIV or chronic illnesses and who are unable to educate their children, and families affected by disasters such as famine.
Potential scholars are selected through a transparent and community-owned selection process. District Scholarship Selection Boards (DSSBs) are constituted in all recruiting districts under the coordination of the Equity Bank branch in the locality. Students who rank in the top in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations are identified and screened based on factors of social and economic vulnerability. Local community partners who comprise the DSSB are responsible for the selection and interview process.
The program is gender and region balanced. The application is open to any student who comes from a financially disadvantaged family background and has scored among the top five percentile in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations in the participating districts. Scholarship application forms are available at Equity Bank branches and Equity Agents as soon as the KCPE results are announced.
Upon receiving applications from the candidates, the District Scholarship Selection Boards (DSSBs) review, shortlist, interview and select students to receive the scholarship using predefined criteria. Each DSSB is chaired by the District Education Officer (DEO) and coordinated by the Equity Bank branch manager(s) in that district. The Board comprises of a minimum of 13 local representative stakeholders including Heads of Primary & Secondary Schools Associations; District Social Development Officers; religious leaders; Constituency Development Fund (CDF) chair; local Women & Youth leaders; Equity Agent representatives, provincial and civic administration.
Candidates who meet the required criteria in order of merit during the interviews are then visited at their homes by the DSSB members to ascertain the information on the level of need shared in their application forms and also during the interviews. Once the scholars have been selected and named, each district organizes a Flag Off Ceremony to send the scholars to Nairobi for their induction and subsequent commissioning of their scholarship program.
Equity Bank Wings To Fly Scholarship Application Requirements
1. The student must be academically promising – Must be in the top 5 percentile performing students in their District in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination.
2. Must be a bona fide Orphan or Vulnerable Child (as defined below);
- Children who have lost one or both parents and have no guardian or sponsor to provide for their education; OR
- Children whose parents are physically or mentally disabled and are unable to educate their children; OR
- Children whose parents are living with HIV/AIDS or other chronic debilitating illness and are unable to educate their children; OR
- Children from families affected by natural disasters such as flooding, drought, and famine or civil conflict and are unable to educate their children; OR
- Children who have suffered neglect and/or abandonment; OR
- Children with parents living under extreme poverty and are unable to educate their children.
Scholarship application forms are available at Equity Bank branches and Equity Agents as soon as the KCPE results are announced. You can also download the forms here.
To contact the Equity Group Foundation regarding the scholarship program, call +254 (020) 2744000, +254-711 025000, +254-734 108000 or visit your nearest Equity Bank branch.