Sponsor a Student for only $63 a MONTH!!!

The KEF matches individual donors with needy Kenyan students who, without external support, would be unable to access high school in their own country.   Your KEF sponsorship lasts 4-years, covering grades 9-12 for a student in boarding school.  You will receive letters from your student and photos of them throughout your sponsorship.


Sponsored students receive:

  • Room and board at school (both public and private schools in Kenya are boarding schools and cost roughly the same price)
  • Textbooks
  • School supplies
  • School uniforms and shoes
  • Field trips
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Mosquito nets to prevent malaria
  • Scientific calculator
  • Mentoring and Career Guidance Workshops

How does the KEF select students?

KEF scholarships are given on the basis of two major criteria: need & merit.  Since 2001, the KEF has given more than a thousand needy Kenyan girls and boys scholarships to hundreds of different high schools scattered across Kenya. Our program is unique in that we reach students from all eight provinces of Kenya as well as a very diverse mix of ethnic communities.

KEF scholarship recipients range from urban slum-dwellers to rural nomadic families to refugees raised in Kenyan camps.  A significant portion of our scholarship recipients represents the children of peasant farmers from across the county’s rural areas.  In all, we seek to increase access to education for Kenyans from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds.  As such we do not restrict scholarships to a particular city, town or ethnic group.  Rather, we look for children who demonstrate a commitment to furthering their education as well as significant need.

To provide equal opportunities to all Kenyans, the KEF strives to maintain and even distribution of:

50% Girls
50% Boys
50% Nomadic
50% Non-nomadic


How to apply for a KEF


If you are interested in applying for a KEF scholarship to high school, you must:

  • Be in Standard 8, Form 1 or Form 2 (grade 8, 9 or 10)
  • Have 290 marks or above on KCPE (unless applying in Standard 8 )
  • Be able to prove that you have no means of paying for high school on your own

To request an application form, please email

All applications are due by August 31st and are reviewed by committee in the USA.  If you are selected for a scholarship, you will be notified by the following January or February.  Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to notify those who were not awarded scholarships.