The Ministry of Education through the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation is awarding Secondary School Elimu Scholarships in all 44 Counties (including informal settlements in fifteen (15) urban centres) to needy and vulnerable learners who attained 280 marks and above in the 2022 KCPE Examination.

However, for affirmative action, candidates who are Orphans and those with special needs and disabilities who attained below 280 marks may be considered.

Only candidates who sat the 2022 KCPE examinations from public primary schools in the Country are eligible.

The applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates with special needs and disabilities (Physical, Hearing and Visual Impairments, Autism, Albinism, Learning Disabilities and Others); or
  • Orphans and vulnerable children; or
  • Candidates from informal settlements in 15 urban centres; or
  • Candidates:
  • whose parents/guardians are living with disabilities that have compromised their ability to meet the financial obligations of their children.
  • whose families are affected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses with debilitating effects that could render parents and guardians destitute and unable to fend for their families.
  • whose families are affected by extreme poverty rendering them unable to educate their children.
  • Who have suffered from neglect, abuse and have no support to continue with their education.

Interested applicants are advised to collect scholarship application forms from the nearest Sub-County Directors of Education offices. Application forms can also be downloaded from the Ministry of Education and The Jomo Foundation websites; or 

Duly completed application forms including supporting documents should be submitted to the nearest Sub-County Directors of Education offices by 5.00 pm on 23rd January, 2023.

Shortlisted candidates, accompanied by parents/guardians, will be invited for interviews which will be conducted by the Community Selection Advisory Committees. Please note that ONLY the candidates who meet the stipulated requirements will be considered for the scholarship.

The scholarship caters for school fees, transport to and from school, school kit and a stipend (pocket money) for the beneficiaries for the four-year education period.

Members of the public are urged to share this information widely so as to reach as many potential beneficiaries as possible.

For any questions or grievances regarding the application process of the Elimu Scholarship Programme, please contact Tel: +254723286993 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The JKF Scholarship Programme is an educational fund set up by The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation (JKF) to assist bright but needy students in public secondary schools in Kenya. Started in 1968, the Programme has to date

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