Secondary School Scholarships

CMETrust offers secondary school scholarships to students in Mathare Valley slum who would not otherwise be able to continue their education.  Our secondary school scholarships cover tuition fees, uniforms, school supplies, transportation to and from school, and room and board at the school, in addition to participation in the school-break programs. The scholarship costs $1500 CAD per student per year, or $6000 CAD for one student for the entire four years of secondary school. 

Why do scholars attend boarding schools?

This decision was made in collaboration with community members and parents. Why? There are no secondary schools in Mathare, meaning students living in Mathare would spend a significant amount of time commuting to and from school in Nairobi’s traffic. Staying at the schools also ensures students can focus on their studies without distractions. 

Who can apply? 

Any student who attended private, government, or non-formal primary school in Mathare can apply for a scholarship. Students submit applications in January, and then a short-list of applicants participate in interviews with CMETrust’s Kenyan Field Representatives, alumni and community members who provide recommendations to the Board of Directors for final selection. 


Read more about the selection process


How many scholarships are awarded each year?

The number of scholars we can accept depends on the funds raised throughout the preceding year. You can help us support more students next year by donating today. 

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