Orphans and Vulnerable Students (OVS) face overwhelming challenges: inability to pay fees and subsistence due to poverty, lack of social support, disability and discrimination, gender-based cultural discrimination and being orphaned from disease or natural calamities. Availing scholarships is the most direct way the University can make a difference in the lives of such students as their opportunities are expanded, and thus enabling the university to support, recognize and reward outstanding academic achievers who are otherwise disadvantaged. Supporting OVS is in line with the University’s philosophy of being sensitive to societal needs.
Annually, Kenyatta University admits more than 3,000 orphans and vulnerable students (OVS). The University has a dedicated directorate known as Financial Aid Office that coordinates the welfare of orphans and vulnerable students enrolled at KU. Despite the high number of OVS in need of financial support, the directorate can only finance 100 scholarships annually. Many deserving applications are turned down due to the limited number of scholarships that the University can offer.
Scholarship for orphans and vulnerable students at KU are open to deserving students from all counties in Kenya, thereby multiplying the overall impact equitably across Kenya at family and community levels. The funds raised through the golf tournament would enable financial support for needy students by paying their fees and subsistence when pursuing education at Kenyatta University during four years of undergraduate study. The orphans and vulnerable students who will be selected for scholarship are those who will have passed the secondary school education examination and eligible for admission at KU.