As one of Africa’s most prestigious college access programs, KenSAP has also developed a college success program. We provide pre-university preparatory programs, leadership development programs and professional development programs for our students in university and through their careers.
Each year we choose 15-20 high-achieving, low-income Kenyan students and, in two extended residential training sessions, prepares them for the American SAT exams and introduces them to the American university system with its complex application procedure. Since its founding in 2004, KenSAP has helped place 197 students at highly competitive North American universities, all with full, need-based financial aid.
KenSAP’s initial aim was simply to extend access to world-class university education to a few students in parts of Kenya where such opportunities had scarcely existed. As the program’s students began to achieve success at their distinguished institutions, however, it became clear that KenSAP was helping to develop the future intellectual leadership not only of its students’ communities, but also of Kenya as a whole. Indeed, since KenSAP began to make its mark, at least three new programs have sprung up in Kenya doing much the same sort of work. KenSAP’s aim has therefore grown: its students are pledged to use their education for the benefit of Kenyans less fortunate than themselves and to contribute to Kenya’s development in ways commensurate with the quality of their education.