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Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School to Host Kenyan Scholarship Recipient

Mar 11, 2016 06:06PM ● By Nick A

Three students from Kenya have been awarded full scholarships to study at prestigious private schools in the United States, according to the 

Josephine Nyakundi, Geoffrey Emali Ahura and Grace Kerubo Nyanchoka, have been awarded the scholarships for their outstanding academic performance, commitment to the community and leadership skills despite coming from slum areas.

Josephine has been awarded a full scholarship to the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School locally, while Geoffrey and Grace have been accepted by Saint Andrews School in Boca Raton. The students were selected from a pool of 2,900 KCPE candidates who sat for this year’s examination.

The students all have been studying at Bridge International Academies in Nairobi, Kisii and Nakuru. The Academies are backed by investors including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

Bridge International Academies operates 405 nursery and primary schools in Kenya with a population of 100,000 students in impoverished areas.

“Saint Andrews and Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School will provide the pupils with admission to the school and a scholarship to cover all costs on campus,” said Lucy Bradlow, the Academies Director of PR.

The scholarships will include tuition, room and board, uniforms, books and supplies for classes and any fees (including those for athletics, arts, other co-curricular activities and educational field trips), according to Bradlow.

“This amount will be paid entirely by Saint Andrews and Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. Bridge International Academies will supplement these generous scholarships by covering costs of flight to the United States, casual and formal clothes, a mobile phone and computer, and housing during school holidays,” said Bradlow.

During summers back home in Kenya, the students will be responsible for tutoring other students according to Bradlow. She said the scholarships will be for 4 years—the entire duration of high school and the students will follow US High School curriculum, in classes with a student to teacher ratio of 8:1. 

“They will have opportunities to be a part of the schools’ extensive sports, music and arts programs,” added Bradlow. “These scholarships are the first of many that Bridge hopes to offer its pupils to turn dreams into realities.”

Get to know Josephine in this video of a speech she gave after winning the scholarship

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