Top Education Sponsors in Kenya

This post on scholarship provides information about Education sponsors in Kenya, i.e. where a third party provides the student with money to help pay for their education.

Sponsorships are much more common in Europe, where private benefactors sponsor students from the local community.

In Kenya, the term sponsorship is much less common. International students talk about “finding a sponsor” while Kenya students like to talk about “finding a scholarship”.

In Kenya, two central bodies offer a scholarship to bright academic students with poor financial backgrounds. The two organizations are the Government of Kenya and the Non-governmental organisation (NGOs’).

The government is the main shareholder in loan provision to the student joining the University and TVET institutions for the first time through the Central Bank of Kenya and the Higher Education Loans Board.

List of Education Sponsors in Kenya

Here are the top Education sponsors in Kenya in random order.

1. The Higher Education Loans Board

The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) is the leading financier of higher education in Kenya. It is a State Corporation which was established by an Act of Parliament (Cap 213A) in 1995.

The mandate of the Board is to disburse loans, bursaries, and scholarships to students pursuing higher education in the recognised institution.

Critical among the responsibilities of the Board is sourcing funds, establishing, managing and awarding loans bursaries and scholarships to Kenyans pursuing higher education in recognised institutions. Through the Act, the Board has been able to recover funds loaned out to Kenyans in the past.

2. Kenyatta University OVS Scholarship Opportunities

Kenyatta University emphasises the societal development of an individual and as such has established the Orphans and Vulnerable Students (OVS) Scholarship fund to cater for the less privileged but deserving persons to pursue higher education at Kenyatta University.

3. The MasterCard Foundation Scholarships for Kenyans

The MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program provides scholarship opportunities to the young individual who has demonstrated academic talent.

The scholarship program is a growing initiative, and up to date, the Program has committed over $700 million to support the education and leadership development of over 30,000 young people

4. Kenya Merit Undergraduate Scholarship – The University of Sheffield

The Kenya Merit Undergraduate Scholarship is offered bt the University of Sheffield which provides a range of scholarships to students from Kenya who show exceptional academic potential

5. Rattansi Scholarship Trust

The Rattansi Educational Trust aims to eradicate poverty through scholarship education for needy Kenyan students. The Educational Trust has helped many Kenyans achieve their higher education dreams through its charity work.

The Trust disbursed scholarship funds to Universities and other colleges as bursaries for students with financial needs.

6. Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for Developing Countries

The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) are awarded to students from selected countries for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden starting in the autumn semester 2017. The scholarships cover both living costs and tuition fees. An estimated 335 scholarships will be available.

7. DAAD M.Sc and PhD Scholarships for Kenyans

DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational cooperation with developing countries through various funding and scholarship programs.

These scholarships are targeting applicants from Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa region to support selected M.Sc and PhD Programmes.

8. The Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship at UON

Undergraduates and Graduates Scholarly Residencies Scholarship in the area of Basic Survival Safeguards, Social and Economic, Urbanization, Global Health, Climate and Environment, and lastly Security at the University of Nairobi.

9. The Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship for Developing Countries (Masters & PhD)

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant:50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July.

10. Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Fund Scholarship for Kenyans

The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Academy of Society (MGMAS) started as a trust fund in 1962 in the name of Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Fund (GSNF).

The academy was to assist in the development of higher education in East Africa. The money for this fund mainly comes from the Government of India and the three East African colonies. And was used to construct the Gandhi Wing and the Gandhi Memorial Library as well purchase on which the Chiromo Campus is built.

11. LéO Africa Institute Leaders Project  for East Africans

The association speaks to our mark initiative improvement extend formed along with the standard soul of “Agaciro”, which embraces the pride, self-esteem, and character of the African as the foundation of authority qualities.

LéO Africa Institute is searching for youthful and developing pioneers who are pioneers from differing social and entrepreneurial foundations officially connected with either as:

  • Social business people
  • Trailblazers
  • Media and News coverage specialists
  • Artisans activists.

The potential colleagues ought to be aware of their obligation to changing society.

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21 thoughts on “Top Education Sponsors in Kenya”

  1. please I really need help to complete my studies am a third year student doing diploma in nursing and am really struggling

  2. I need a person to sponsor my University education since I’m to join finance course and I don’t know how to start

  3. Am really need a scholarship to persue bachelor of science in clinical medicine,,am to join in September and I am much struggling where to start,, please help

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  5. Comment:My name is Jonathan from Kilifi County
    am a first year student at Pwani University and am in need of a scholarship.plz assist my.

  6. Am Abigail Mueni,
    Am desperately looking for scholarship to pursue my high school education. Am a resident in Nairobi currently in Accelus Centre.

  7. Am Fidelis obwaya Mangera. Am taking bachelor of medicine from MASINDE MULIRO UNIVERSITY . I need a sponsor because my mother cannot raise enough money for my school fees.

  8. I am Isaac looking for somebody to assist me to pursue Diploma in Journalism and mass communication Help me blessed

  9. Am vincent aswani
    I am in need and am looking for someone who can help me with a scholarship to achieve my goal in science laboratory technology

  10. Hey I am Robert Monubi.. I am going to pursue a bachelors Degree in Nursing Daystar university… I am lacking funds to join University I really need help 0707558075 or 0732915557

  11. Am Muniko Mokami Emmanuel a self sponsored student Taking bachelor of Education (sciences), year two second semester in Kisii university.
    I kindly request for a sponsorship to enable me to complete my studies because am a total orphan and there is nobody supporting me financially. Infact am stranded with no help.
    I will highly appreciate for the support


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