In fulfilling one of its key objective to mentor, coach, and nature the leadership ability of children in the target communities while providing them with opportunity to pursue education, MCO partnered with Bright Hope International (BHI) and established the Vocational Scholarship Program to encourage and support those who are looking to develop practical skills and develop sustainable income generating careers. The program design targets mainly high school graduates who had attained examination grades that does not allow them direct entry to university studies but are willing to pursue equally marketable courses at certificate or diploma levels.
The choice of such courses may easily lead to self-employment or one can be absorbed in the employment both by the government or private sector including Non-governmental organizations. The partnership was rolled out from the year 2011 and has so far covered a number of students. The scholarship is open to both male and female applicants. The award covers between 70 to 85 percent of the total course total course.
The Scholarship Committee follows an annual scholarship Calendar (see annex 4) advertise once every year, for scholarship opportunities. The advertisement is put for a period of one month in June and clearly states the requirements for a potential applicant to be successful. Shortlisting is done two weeks after the close of the application period and applicants not meeting the requirements are disqualified. An application fee of Ksh 1000 is charged.