Allan Wasonga: Second Best Student In KCSE To Join KCB
The 2020 KCSE exams second best candidate Allan Wasonga is set to join KCB Bank Apprentice Programme ahead of University.
Wasonga who is from Agoro Sare Secondary School is among the 50 students from the KCB Foundation Scholarship Programme selected for the Apprentice Programme for three months.
The 50 students selected for the programme scored straight As and A minuses.
KCB Foundation Acting Chief of Party, Caroline Wanjeri says that 50 from the 2020 cohort will be onboarded in the coming weeks as they await to join university.
“This year, we have achieved success as 50 of the beneficiaries have scored A’s and A minuses, while 90% have qualified to transition to university. Going forward, the top students will join our apprenticeship programme, to give them a feel of the working environment as they prepare to pursue their university education and careers,” said Wanjeri.
In addition to Allan, the other top performers include Brian Otango from Friends’ School Kamusinga (A) and Pareyio Pion from Alliance high school (A). Those with A- included among others Mutua Patriciah Nzila from Moi Girls High School Eldoret (A-), Dennis Odhiambo from Kisii High (A-), Victor Onyango Orende from Maranda High School (A-), Kiumba Karen Wambui from Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School (A-), Praosidis Akinyi from Asumbi Girls High School (A-), Jackline Mwavani Odiero from Asumbi Girls High School (A-) and Gitonga Risper Nkirote from Kaaga Girls High School high school (A-).
The scholarship programme started 14 years ago with the aim of supporting efforts to increase the transition rate from primary to secondary school. The KCB Foundation supports 240 students from across Kenya annually, 40 of them Persons with Disability, by providing a full four-year scholarship in public schools catering for school fees, stationery, and uniforms. Additionally, each of the students is assigned a mentor from their local KCB Bank home branch for quarterly one-on-one mentorship sessions.
“I’m grateful to the KCB Foundation who continued to pay my school fees even after the pandemic. I am interested in pursuing medicine and neurosurgery in order to be able to give back and help others too,” said Allan Udoma Wasonga.
The programme has had a total of 3100 beneficiaries since 2007; 1,070 students are currently in school, with 240 recruited for the class of 2021.