The County Government of Uasin Gishu is in the process of identifying bright but needy students who will be supported to pursue their studies.

County Executive Committee Member for Education, Anthony Sitienei, says the process is being done at the ward level.

“Each ward has been allocated Ksh 3 million,” Sitienei said.

He asked needy students to ensure they submit their applications to be considered for the bursaries.

Mr Sitienei spoke on Wednesday when he represented Governor Dr. Jonathan Bii EGH, for the flagging off of 239 Uasin Gishu students selected to benefit from the Elimu Scholarship Program.

“The Governor wishes you the best and thanks Elimu Scholarship for supporting the needy students,” the CECM said.

According to Jomo Kenyatta Foundation Director, Consolata Rop, over 11,200 needy students will benefit from the program.

9,200 are for needy students while 2,000 slots were allocated for students in Alopeyee and Kakuma Refugee Camps.

Rop noted that more slots have been allocated for the students under the program this year, and expressed confidence the number will be higher for more needy students to be supported.

Beneficiaries will get a full scholarship for the four years in secondary school that will cater for their school fees, shopping, and uniforms among other financial needs.

Member of Parliament for Turbo Constituency, Janet Sitienei, presided over the flagging-off event. Her Moiben counterpart Prof Phyllis Bartoo was also present.