Akili Dada offers competitive, comprehensive scholarships to academically talented young women from underprivileged backgrounds, providing them access to the highest quality secondary school education available in Kenya.
Partnering with the top all-girls boarding schools in Kenya, Akili Dada’s scholarships provide the financial support needed to bridge the gap between Kenya’s free primary school education and government-subsidized university education for the country’s top students. To ensure financial sustainability, we only offer a new scholarship after we have raised 100% of the funds needed to support the student for the entire duration of her secondary school education.
While high academic achievement and financial need are minimum requirements for selection, they are not the only considerations. We target potential leaders—young women who have been active in their communities and have already established a track record of service to others. As such, Akili Dada’s intervention is geared to leverage demonstrated leadership potential and existing commitments to community service.
Akili Dada scholarships cover tuition, board, and fees, as well as school supplies and personal care items. This support is guaranteed for the entirety of a scholar’s secondary education so long she continues to meet the program requirements.
Our competitive and comprehensive scholarships provide bright, hard working young women consistent access to a high-quality secondary education at one of the select high schools with which we partner in Kenya.
Currently, we partner with four schools in the top ranks of Kenya’s national high schools – Precious Blood Riruta, Loreto Limuru, Mary Hill, and Kenya High. Like most high schools in Kenya and across Africa, these are boarding schools where students stay during the academic terms, returning to their home communities for term breaks. Because high school education is not free in Kenya, all students must pay tuition unless their fees are paid by a sponsor. Thus, our financial support bridges the gap between Kenya’s free primary school education and government subsidized university education for the country’s top students. We target potential leaders—young women who have been active in their communities and show great academic promise but who, without our intervention, might be forced to enter into early marriage or the low-wage workforce.
We only offer a scholarship after we have raised 100% of the funds needed to support the student for the entire duration of her secondary school education. Help us offer a future of opportunity to even more bright young women. Donate today!