Education  Kenya Project #51211

Rhino Scholarships: Education is Conservation

by Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Rhino Scholarships: Education is Conservation
Rhino Scholarships: Education is Conservation
Rhino Scholarships: Education is Conservation
Rhino Scholarships: Education is Conservation
Rhino Scholarships: Education is Conservation
Rhino Scholarships: Education is Conservation
Rhino Scholarships: Education is Conservation
Rhino Scholarships: Education is Conservation

Thank you so much for donating to our Rhino Scholarship project. Your gift has already changed the lives of thirty students living in the communities surrounding Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Without access to a scholarship, many of the students you support would not be able to attend school. We aim to empower students through education and cannot thank you enough for making this possible!

Our dedicated team are currently working through shortlisted applications and will be awarding more two-year scholarships very soon!

To help our scholarship students succeed, we aim to provide holistic support. This includes life skills coaching, mentorship, and access to resources.

Earlier this month, some of our scholarship students participated in a mentorship week at the Daraja Academy. The week drew upon the WISH (Woman of Integrity Strength and Hope) curriculum. The course provides a safe space for the participants to develop a positive sense of self-identity, effectively communicate with others and become a changemaker.

The week was a success and a total of 53 girls attended. We are now busy planning future mentorship sessions, conservation experiences and much more!

We hope you can visit us one day to see the impact of your generous support. Thank you from our scholarship students, their families and the entire team at Ol Pejeta. 

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Thank you from our scholarship students!
Thank you from our scholarship students!

Your generous support has changed the lives of thirty students living in the communities surrounding Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Since this project began, your heartfelt acts of generosity have enabled us to award:

  • Seven students a two-year scholarship
  • Twelve students a one-year scholarship
  • Four students an equipment scholarship
  • Seven students a uniform scholarship  

We estimate that almost 15,000 of the 35,000 community members surrounding the Conservancy are students (or student aged). Many parents living in these communities struggle to pay school fees and as a result, their children are unable to receive a secondary school education.

Your support means these students can continue studying - opening up a world of opportunity.

On Friday 26th November we visited Tigithi Secondary School, an all-boys boarding school to the south of the Conservancy. The school is home to almost 500 students and has a thriving farm project. The students learn about sustainable agriculture whilst growing cabbages, tomatoes, passionfruit and much more. Here we met Jackson before he headed into a Geography lesson, one of his favourite subjects. Jackson was awarded a two-year scholarship. Without this, he would not be able to continue studying. He shared that he loves mathematics and physics and that he dreams of working as an engineer.

This scholarship is life-changing for Jackson and his family. We could not be more grateful for your support in making this happen, a HUGE thank you from all of us here at Ol Pejeta!

All our scholarship students receive mentorship and support from our dedicated scholarship team. This includes 121 sessions, career coaching and life skills coaching. 

As always, we aspire to help more students in the surrounding communities and ask that you continue this journey with us. We are blessed to have your support and we look forward to sharing more updates on the impact of your giving! 

Jackson and his friend at school
Jackson and his friend at school
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Big smiles from our shortlisted students!
Big smiles from our shortlisted students!

Thanks to your tremendous support, the funding we have received so far will be used to provide life changing scholarships to 8 students for 2 years. We decided to offer scholarships over the 2-year period so that students can complete their studies as opposed to 1-year scholarships which would only take them halfway. Whilst we did not achieve our target of 40 scholarships, your donations have given us some much-needed hope, after a devastating year of school closures due to the spread of coronavirus. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Scholarship Application Process

The scholarship application process is complete, and we have received almost 200 applications! The application form included information about the student, their grades, and their parents or guardians.

Shortlisting Applicants

Whilst we would like to provide scholarships to all, we will have to shortlist potential candidates and select finalists. This is done through a transparent community-based mechanism. The community team, alongside teachers, community representatives and elders will be making the final decision on the most qualified and disadvantaged students who will be supported by this scholarship project. The selection process will finish on Tuesday 27th of July and then the selected students will be informed.

Scholarship Impact

You should be proud knowing that your gift will help the chosen students, their families, their communities, and the wildlife that surrounds them for years to come. This project will help build the next generation of wildlife ambassadors. This is only possible because of your extraordinary support, so thank you so much for joining this journey with us.

We look forward to sharing the next update with you in due course!

A community meeting held to shortlist candidates
A community meeting held to shortlist candidates
Announcement about the scholarship project
Announcement about the scholarship project
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Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Location: Nanyuki - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Elodie Sampere
Nanyuki, Kenya
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