Nic Hailey hosts send off for latest cohort of Kenyans awarded Chevening Scholarships

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Nic Hailey with the 23 Kenyan Chevening scholars. Photo: Twitter/HCNicHailey

British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, hosted an event last night to celebrate the latest cohort of Kenyans to have been awarded a Chevening scholarship before they depart for the UK.

Speaking at the reception, Mr Hailey congratulated the successful candidates and urged them to make full use of the opportunity whilst in the UK to study their chosen subjects and build their networks as part of the growing Chevening alumni network.

Nic Hailey speaking at the send off for this year’s Kenyan Chevening scholarship students. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Chevening is the UK government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals and the 23 Kenyans, who were selected from nearly 1,800 applications, will head to the UK pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at a British university.

Chevening Scholarships Kenya 2018/19
Nic Hailey with the 23 Kenyans who have been awarded a Chevening scholarship. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

In a Tweet, the High Commissioner said he was “proud to be sending off this year’s cohort of Chevening scholars to the UK. 23 of Kenya’s most talented young people got through, from 1,800 applicants this year. Congratulations and we wish you well from High Commission.”

Chevening Scholarships Kenya 2018/19
Nic Hailey speaking at the send off for this year’s Kenyan Chevening scholarship students. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Last year, a total of 1,790 Chevening scholarship applications were submitted in Kenya, of which 1,363 (76%) were eligible. 739 (41.3%) applicants were from Nairobi County.

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