In line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 4 (To ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all), the Foundation has a vision to help enable all Kenyan children to have an opportunity in acquiring a basic high school education.

Optiven Foundation is doing its part through the Soaring Eagles Scholarship Programme which sponsors youth in secondary boarding schools, and increasingly, secondary day schools.

Secondary Boarding School Scholarships

The Programme was launched on 1st February 2016 with the provision of 15 secondary boarding school scholarships for students from 15 different counties across the country. Subsequently, the Programme has expanded and currently assists 40 students (24 female/16 male) from 13 Kenyan Counties at 28 different Secondary Boarding Schools around the country.

 Enrolment into the Programme is a free process where an application form is released every year and all students who just completed their recent Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Examinations (KCPE) and have managed to score 350 marks and above are eligible to apply.

 The selection process is primarily need based. The financial need of the applicant is gauged and after a series of interviews, successful applicants are invited to the Foundation’s offices located in Nairobi where, if accepted, they are awarded the scholarship offer letter.

 The program caters for all the financial needs of the students throughout their four-year high school education. This support ranges from provision of tuition fees, school books, uniform together with upkeep money.

Moreover, these beneficiaries have also been taken through mentorship programs during the holidays. These mentorship programs have aimed at equipping the students with other non- academic skills that have impacted their self-esteem positively and changed their point of view on life.

 Day School Interventions

Initially, the Soaring Eagles Scholarship Programme program supported children to attend boarding schools. However, throughout this initiative, the Foundation also began to focus on less privileged Mixed Day Secondary school students. With statistics that the Foundation had gathered, most students in these schools appeared to have been stereotyped against and thus neglected.

As such, the Foundation began an initiative of empowering them either directly or indirectly. This has been done through building of libraries and other basic educational infrastructure like computer laboratories in these schools, in addition to the provision of academic materials like mathematical sets, books, school uniforms, student lockers and even tuition fees. This enabled most of the students to unleash their potential and maximizing their academic performance.

 Since those initial efforts, Optiven Foundation partnered with Fusion Capital – a real estate developer and private equity firm designed around the needs of local businesses in the emerging economies of East and Central Africa – to initiate the Soaring Eagles Scholarship Programme to support 258 deserving students (109 female/149 male) enrolled in different 27 Secondary Day Schools within 17 counties.

This Programme is ongoing with students in the following form years:

  • Form 1 –  62  Students
  • Form 2 – 99 Students
  • Form 3 – 77  Students
  • Form 4 –  20  Students