U.S. Presidential Initiatives:
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
November 2011 – November 2016
- Increase access to high school and higher education for talented, economically-disadvantaged young people
- Support an educated, self-reliant and productive youth population to help Kenya drive its own development agenda
- Encourage private sector to take a leadership role in realizing Kenya’s development goals
- 10,000 students selected for scholarships – of those, USAID is supporting 2,600 including 1,300 girls and 1,300 boys from all 47 counties of Kenya
Ministry of Labor and Social Services, Ministry of Education Science & Technology, Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts
- Equity Group Foundation\
- Equity Bank
- MasterCard Foundation
Wings to Fly is a public-private partnership between USAID, Equity Group Foundation, Mastercard Foundation, UKaid, and KfW. The activity provides full scholarships that include tuition, room, and board to enable academically gifted but economically disadvantaged and vulnerable children to pursue high school and tertiary education. The selected young people also receive leadership training, career guidance, and personal mentoring to help them maximize their potential. USAID’s contribution of $26.5 million will support more than 2,600 Wings to Fly scholars over a five-year period. The activity supports an additional 500 students enrolled in high school and tertiary institutions under the USAID-Equity Group Foundation Leadership and Scholarship program. Overall, the initiative will support 10,000 young Kenyans with access to a full high school education by 2019.
Wings to Fly scholarships are widely advertised in the media and through community and religious organizations. A District Scholarship Selection Board of 12 local representatives uses a transparent selection process to identify top performing students who would otherwise be unable to attend school. Equity Bank manages the funds to ensure that the scholars’ fees are paid on time. Equity Bank also helps students open bank accounts to receive their stipends and learn responsible financial management. Local bank officials provide support to the scholars while at school.
The students’ progress is closely monitored throughout their studies. The project provides mentorship to boost their self-esteem and help them to rise above their circumstances.
Alice and her fellow beneficiary (pictured above) from the Wings to Fly Scholarship Program both want to become entrepreneurs in the future. They are two of the eight girls in Lamu Girls High School receiving a Wings to Fly scholarship.
USAID sponsors 3,100 students through the Wings to Fly Scholarship Program. The Wings to Fly program is helping talented young leaders achieve their potential to change Kenya’s future.
Dr. Lucy Kithome
Education and Youth Office
Tel: +254 20 862 2249
Wings to Fly Contact:
Ms. Ivy Mwai, General Manager Education
Equity Group Foundation
P.O. Box 13241 - 00200 Nairobi
Tel: +254 20 226 2000
Updated April 2014
Last updated: June 04, 2014