Two Kenyan students are set to join top US universities courtesy of the Kenya Airlift Program, an initiative by a company owned by a diaspora man.
The Airlift Program is a project by US-based, Kenyan-owned Appstec America and seeks to sponsor brilliant young Kenyans to study IT-related postgraduate degrees in some of the top universities in the US.
Appstec America was founded by Bob Mwiti, who was recognized by African Warrior Magazine in 2018 as one of the 40 most inspiring men in the diaspora in 2018.
The program is a partnership between Appstec America and Abogeta Education and Development Sacco (ABEDS), a Kenyan Sacco formed by Abogeta West MCA DMK Kiogora. Abogeta West is a ward in Meru County.
This week, the first beneficiaries of the Kenya Airlift Program; Elosy Kagwiria and Neils Karani, got their US student visas approved. Elosy will be joining the University of South Florida in January, 2020 for a Master’s degree in Business Analytics and Information Systems while Neils will join Illinois State University for a Master’s degree in Information Systems.
“We are slowly building a movement of brilliant young Kenyans here in America! Dmk Kiogora..Thank you bro for making this dream a reality! It’s God’s Doing!” Bob Mwiti said on Facebook.
More beneficiaries of the program are currently preparing for their entrance exam known as Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
Through the program, beneficiaries are able to get unsecured international student loans of up to $50,000 from a US-based lender, graduate assistantship scholarships and relocation expenses loans of up to $6,000 from ABEDS Sacco.