Confusion as Kenyans Fail to Secure US Scholarships Offered by Ruto

  • There was confusion at Nyayo Stadium on Monday, December 12, after the majority of Kenyans who attended the Jamhuri day celebrations failed to access the free scholarships announced by President William Ruto.

    The scholarship that offered a sixteen-module course was promised by Ruto to suit entrepreneurs and innovators.

    While unveiling the project, the president directed those in attendance to scan a Quick-Response code to access the scholarships. 

    Shortly after the announcement, a section of Kenyans who did not have smartphones found it difficult to access the online course.

    Kenyans follow proceedings at the Nyayo Stadium during Kenya's 59th Jamhuri Day celebrations.

    Kenyans follow proceedings at the Nyayo Stadium during Kenya’s 59th Jamhuri Day celebrations.


    They explained how difficult it was to log in and register which made them give up, a process they lamented did not favour people without smartphones.

    “I would love to know where these scholarships are being accessed, we heard it on television but I have not seen it,” a disgruntled Kenyan quipped.

    “I have heard about the course but I have difficulty accessing it,” another complained.

    On Sunday, December 11, the head of state urged Kenyans to attend Jamhuri Day celebrations in huge numbers so as to enjoy the free University of Arizona scholarships.

    “Every citizen who will come to Nyayo Stadium tomorrow will go back with a course paid for by the University of Arizona,” the president revealed.

    During the Jamhuri celebrations, in the middle of his speech, Ruto intimated that he was now keeping his promise by announcing to Kenyans attending how to access the course.

    “As promised, everyone present in this stadium today will get a free scholarship on global entrepreneurship and innovation from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.”

    “It is now time to keep the promise. There is a QR Code near you. Scan and access the scholarship now,” the president announced.

    Each Kenyan who had attended Jamhuri Day celebrations received free access to a 16-unit course valued at Ksh100,000.

    The courses are provided by the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University which offers programs designed to prepare students to navigate the dynamic digital world.

    President William Ruto during Jamhuri Day celebration at Nyayo Stadium on Monday, December 12, 2022.

    President William Ruto during the Jamhuri Day celebration at Nyayo Stadium on Monday, December 12, 2022.


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