“The mission of World Scholarship Initiative is to identify bright Kenyan students demonstrating financial need and provide financial support for their high school and university education in Kenya. In addition, we provide an opportunity for donors and students to increase their global understanding through travel and shared communication.”
World Scholarship Initiative is an Oregon not-for-profit corporation founded in 2013. Our organization leverages personal connections and commitment to create big impacts while being flexible, low-overhead, and cause-oriented. We:
- Are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt (EIN 46-3414906);
- Pay for administrative costs privately, so 100% of donations go to educating our students;
- Personally know all nine sponsored students;
- Support girls’ education by ensuring that at least half of our students are girls;
- Know that education increases income, health, community participation, family planning, the well being of children, and has other positive outcomes.
World Scholarship Initiative funds the education of gifted Kenyan students unable to afford a quality education. Our goal is to fight poverty, ignorance, and disease by empowering individuals who have demonstrated an ability to succeed. We have two programs that serve this purpose: our high school program, which awards top students entering high school with full financial support, and our professional education program, which supports high school graduates in degree programs necessary to qualify for a professional career.
High School Program
WSI’s primary program is to fund quality high school educations. Each December, we identify students who have earned high scores on the eighth grade test, and whose family does not have the resources to pay for a quality high school. After the students are identified and selected, WSI explains the requirements of the program to the students and their parents/guardians, purchases the required school and boarding materials, and pays school fees for the students to attend a highly regarding, boys or girls boarding school. Our students do well, consistently ranking in the top third of their class.
The high schools are Catholic-affiliated boarding schools. They are single sex schools: girls attend Christ the King Academy and boys attend Rongai Boys. The best high schools in Kenya are often boarding schools. By attending boarding schools, our students are placed in a supportive, safe, academic environment that allows them to concentrate on their studies. Were they to remain at home, they might face pressure from family to do work to support the family, might not have a place to study (electric light is a luxury), and would be exposed to the bad influences of slum life on a daily basis. Thus, the students receive the support they need to succeed at that school in addition to attending the school itself.
Professional Education Program
World Scholarship Initiative also provides financial support for our students who have completed our high school program and earned admission to a four-year university program. Government scholarship cover the majority of attendance costs. WSI provides students with a laptop and a monthly stipend for living costs.