Yesterday, UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey hosted Kenyan candidates for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University.
From the one hundred scholarships available worldwide, Kenya has been allocated two this year.
The Rhodes Scholarship is an international postgraduate award for students to study at the University of Oxford and was the first large-scale programme of international scholarship to be established.
It was founded in 1902 by British businessman and politician Cecil John Rhodes, to promote unity between English speaking nations and instil a sense of civic-minded leadership and moral fortitude in future leaders irrespective of their chosen career paths.
Although initially restricted to male applicants from countries which are today within the Commonwealth, as well as Germany and the United States, today the Scholarship is open to applicants from all backgrounds and from across the globe.
Prominent recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship include former Australian prime ministers Tony Abbott, Bob Hawke and Malcolm Turnbull, and former US president Bill Clinton.
Among previous Kenyan Rhodes Scholarship recipients is 2013 Presidential candidate Kingwa Kamencu who studied at Wolfson College in 2009. Before receiving the scholarship, she graduated with a first class honours degree in history and literature from the University of Nairobi. During her time in Oxford, she was also President of the African Society.
At yesterday’s event in Nairobi, Mr Hailey wished the candidates good luck for their interviews, and Tweeted “With talented people like this, Kenya has a truly bright future.”