Every single graduate at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) 34th graduation held on Friday 29th November 2019, in Juja, has a story to tell. But three individuals stood out from the learned crowd. This trio has had a long journey infused with grit, determination and focus – and thanks to a corporate friend – has resulted in success and empowerment.
The three students have been on full Co-op Bank Foundation scholarships.
Kevin Otieno Onyango – Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Martin Mumo – Bsc. Actuarial Science and Wainaina Nelius Wanjiru – Bsc. Nursing.
Co-op Bank foundation has provided full secondary and university education scholarships to over 7,000 gifted but needy students from all regions of Kenya. The scholarship program starts from secondary school level. It was initiated in 2007 starting with 30 students per region but has bloomed to 60 students per region and 5 students per every county in Kenya.
The University Scholarship and Vocational Internship programme was rolled out in 2011, for gifted but needy students who excel in KCSE. It’s renewable for up to 4-5 years of undergraduate study, depending with the course in private and public universities in Kenya. The scholarship covers tuition, meals and accommodation. Currently, 84 students are on this scholarship.
The vocational internship programme is an ambitious project to expose the pre-university and the university students to a real life job situation and hand-on industry training. The three latest graduates from JKUAT are recipients of this programme, and needless to say, very well equipped as they finish their courses.
Congratulations Onyango, Mumo and Wanjiru on your graduation. May you achieve more, and may you continue to positively impact and empower the communities around you.
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