Frequently Asked Questions
Kenya is a country of people who have illustrated a deep conviction that education is the key to breaking their cycle of poverty. In 2003, when free primary education was first made available to Kenyans, 1.3 million additional children flooded the Kenyan primary schools. While primary education is funded by the government, secondary school is not free for Kenyan students.
How does EFAC qualify the students?
All scholarship recipients will submit teacher and administrative recommendations, school reports and statements of need to a local partner who interviews the potential candidates' and submits the most promising candidate's credentials to Africa Nazarene University. EFAC and ANU then rank and choose the candidates to receive scholarships.
Is EFAC considering other countries?
No. Not at this time. There is still so much to do in Kenya.
Will I be able to communicate with my student?
Certainly. You are encouraged to communicate with your student. One of our goals is to help build a cultural bridge between our two citizen groups. You will receive periodic letters and progress reports from your student. Your student will want to hear from you.
Can I still sponsor an individual if I don't donate $1000 annually?
Absolutely. We can put you in a scholarship group of like-minded donors for as little as $10 a month.
How do I know my money is being spent wisely?
Your scholarship money will be sent directly to the recipient's school upon receipt of tuition invoices. Your money will cover their tuition and related expenses.
What if I want to stop funding a scholarship before the four years are up?
We encourage donors to make a four year funding commitment. If, for some reason, you or your group desire to discontinue funding a scholarship we request as much advance notice as possible so we can attempt to match the student with a new donor or make arrangements to cover the balance of the scholarship out of general funds.
What if my student does not perform as expected?
We screen our students very carefully but there is always the chance that the student may not perform as expected. We offer remedial assistance but if the student continues to perform poorly, we can match you with another student if you desire.
Are there ongoing conditions that must be met for continued scholarship funding to a student?
Yes. Each student will be aware of what is expected of him/her and understand that continued scholarship aid is contingent on performance. The students know that scholarship aid is a privilege, not a right.
Is EFAC a religious organization?
EFAC is a secular organization that serves individuals of all faiths.
How do I apply for an EFAC scholarship?
EFAC awards secondary scholarships to students entering Form One. Please do not send requests for University or Post Secondary funding as those opportunities are ONLY available to those students who have graduated from the EFAC Secondary Scholarship Program. Applications for scholarships for secondary school are accepted between March 15 and July 31 of each year. New application forms for the school year will be available March 1. Contact Africa Nazarene University for an application, Tel. 020-2527170/1 or send a letter to: Africa Nazarene University, P. O. Box 53067 – 00200 Nairobi. Students must apply with an official copy of the EFAC Application (not a photocopy), fill in the applications on their own, and mail them to the EFAC office at Africa Nazarene University by July 31. The criteria for beneficiaries is strong academics, strong character, a commitment to community service and financial need.
Friends Unite in Support of an EFAC Scholar
In July 2008, Janet Crowder, an EFAC supporter hosted an African Tea at her house in Wolfeboro for twenty of her friends. The group met to learn about EFAC and Janet shared the EFAC slide show with the group. After much discussion they decided to support two children. Collectively they each committed to contribute $50 to $100 each year for the next four years to support Joyce and Sharon, two of our first year's selected scholarship students.
The group meets every year to celebrate their shared commitment and the girls' successes. In March 2010, Janet traveled to Kenya with EFAC to meet Joyce and Sharon at the Vanessa Grant School in the Rift Valley. Janet's life was changed when she met Joyce and Sharon and together toured their school. She exchanged letters and photos from the group with the students and took lots of photos of the girls and their school to show at the annual meeting of the Wolfeboro Womens' Group.