Over the past 15 years, the Kenya Scholar Access Program (KenSAP) has placed 197 students with comprehensive, needs-based financial aid programs at top North American universities.

The students, chosen from the country’s 47 counties, represent a national selection of Kenya’s most promising students.

“Of more than 100 university graduates to date, 16 have obtained or are pursuing a doctorate, as well as 35 others who have obtained or are pursuing a master’s degree or other advanced degrees. There are also more than 50 alumni who have returned to Kenya to work for multinational companies, international NGOs, Kenyan companies or to develop their startups, ”said John Manners, co-founder of KenSAP.

With only Ksh. With an annual budget of $ 15 million, KenSAP has generated over Ksh 5 billion in financial aid, granted by universities attended by KenSAP scholars. There are usually 15-20 deserving Kenyan students selected each year for KenSAP and helped to gain admission to the most selective universities in the United States and Canada. The program recently opened its doors to students living in Kenya from Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia and South Sudan.

After a selection process, accepted students participate in two extended residential training sessions, which prepare them for the US SAT exams and introduce them to the US university system with its complex application process.

KenSAP assists its academics in college and helps them navigate life and careers after college. KenSAP works with around 30 Kenya-based companies that act as employment partners, hiring KenSAP graduates for internships and full-time positions.

“In addition to offering advice throughout my university studies, KenSAP provided me with the advice I needed after graduation. a 2018 KenSAP graduate from Harvard University.

The Kenya Scholar Access Program (KenSAP) helps gifted and needy Kenyan students gain admission to the most selective universities in the United States and Canada. Since its inception in 2004, KenSAP has helped place 197 students at US universities, all with full, need-based financial assistance. The aim of the program is to extend access to world-class university education to a few students in parts of Kenya where such opportunities did not exist. Since 2005, 100% of students have been admitted to top North American universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia and many other prestigious institutions.

To apply for a scholarship, students must go to kensap.org/application.

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