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How to Join Kenya Airlift Program

Kenya Airlift Program was founded in 2018 by Bob Mwiti and DMK Kiogora.

The two launched the program to help Kenyan students with a seamless transition to studying in the US.

The program has partnered with several US universities that enroll qualified postgraduate students to learn various IT-related disciplines.

Kenya Airlift Program offers scholarships to needy cases and facilitates financial help to other applicants through its partners like MPOWER Financing

The program does the heavy lifting by helping its members process their visas, travel and settle in the US, and assist them secure jobs in the US market.

So, what are the qualifications or requirements of undergraduates looking to join the program and fulfill their dream of studying and working abroad?

Read on to find out if you are eligible for the program, among other important information.

Kenya Airlift Program Requirements

One has to meet a few requirements, mainly academic qualifications, before joining the Kenya Airlift Program.

The qualifications are different for Regular and Parallel options.

The requirements are as follows:

  • Applicants must have attained a minimum KCSE grade of B Plain and an equivalent in Maths or Physics for the Regular Option. 
  • The second requirement for regular option applicants is a 2nd class honors in their undergraduate from a recognized University.
  • Applicants with 2nd class lower division can qualify for the Regular Option if their GPA is at least 3.0 and 2.8 for the Parallel Option.
  • For the Parallel Option, applicants must have attained a minimum KCSE grade of C+, while the second requirement is a 2nd division honor in their undergraduate.
  • Applicants with 2nd class lower division can qualify for the Regular Option if their GPA is at least 3.0 and 2.8 for the Parallel Option.

Kenya Airlift Program Application Form

The next step after meeting the stipulated qualifications is filling out the application form, which can be found on the Kenya Airlift Program’s official website.

The application step is well outlined to make it an easy process for the applicants.

Below is a summary of what the application process looks like:

Step 1: Click on the Apply menu tab to access a page with information regarding the program that applicants should know before starting the application. Go through the information, and once satisfied, click on Start Application at the bottom of the page.

Step 2: Enter your email for the verification process. You will receive a code via email that you should input to complete the verification.

Step 3: Select between Regular and Parallel options depending on your academic qualification. Your highest education level (Bachelor’s, Master, PhD) is also needed at this step.

Step 4: Proceed to provide your personal information ranging from name, county, constituency, ID No, and phone number.

Step 5: Fill in your high school details, including KCSE mean grade and KCSE points. This step also requires you to upload your KCSE certificate.

Step 6: Provide your undergraduate details

Step 7: Provide your postgraduate details (if applicable)

Step 8: Pay the application processing fee of $10 and submit your application.

The next part involves waiting for the application feedback. It takes less than 48 hours to know if your application has been accepted or rejected.

If your application is accepted, you must fulfill other requirements before being accepted into the program. 

What’s Next After a Successful Application?

The road to becoming a Kenya Airlift Program member requires patience.

After a successful online application, the next phase is the critical determinant of your relocation to the US.

Below are the other fulfillments that make you an official member of the Kenya Airlift Program:

  • Submit your contribution package to Kenya Airlift Sacco. The Sacco is one of the financiers of the study program. An upfront payment of $1110 is required from potential members. You will be approved to join the program 48 hours after the payment. 
  • Undergo a GMAT or GRE training and later sit for an assessment test, determining your chances of joining the program. A GMAT or GRE is an admission requirement that most business and law schools administer to test the suitability of applicants in the disciplines they are interested in studying.
  • After passing the GMAT/GRE test, you have up to 3 US Universities to choose from for your preferred postgraduate program. 
  • Receive coaching on visas and get assistance in acquiring student visas. 
  • Enjoy funding from Kenya Airlift Program affiliate partners like The Airlift Sacco and MPOWER Financing to cater for relocation, living, and studying expenses. 
  • Move to the US via another affiliate partner, Qatar Airways, and commence your studies while getting equipped with job skills for the US Market. 
  • Graduate and receive support from Appsetec America, yet another affiliate partner of Kenya Airlift Program that majors in IT skills training on finding suitable jobs abroad. 

A few examples of the US universities the program has partnered with include the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware, Illinois State University, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, and Missouri State University.

Below is a list of some of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Master disciplines studied in the program’s select US Universities:

  • Master of Accounting
  • MBA Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
  • Master of Science in Applied Mathematics
  • Master of Science in Project Management
  • Master of Science and Cybersecurity Management

Kenya Airlift Program Scholarship

The Kenya Airlift Program extends scholarships to needy cases.

For such cases, the scholarship starts at the secondary level to a Kenyan University and, later, a Master’s in the USA.

The scholarship has helped several KCPE candidates study in high schools whose fees their parents couldn’t afford.

After scoring a good KCSE grade, the sponsored students continue to enjoy the program’s support for their Kenyan undergraduate course.

After completing their four-year-long course, the students relocate to the US for their Master’s while still under the program’s sponsorship.

Kenya Airlift Program Cost

Graduates not under the program’s sponsorship seeking to study in the US incur costs that help to facilitate several activities such as Visa processing, GMAT/GRE tests, and Sacco contribution, among other expenses.

 As mentioned earlier, the program charges $10 for the application and an upfront Sacco contribution of $1110.

Applicants who fail to secure a student visa or pass the GMAT/GRE tests get a refund of $500.

Additional funding for the studies and day-to-day expenses comes from unsecured loans from MPOWER.

Members pay the loans after completing their studies and securing stable and well-paying jobs. 

Kenya Airlift Program Handbook

The handbook serves as a detailed information resource regarding the Kenya Airlift Program.

Interested applicants are advised to review the guide before starting the application process.

It has all the program’s information, helping interested candidates decide whether the program is worth trying.

Potential applicants can download the handbook after filling out a form requesting a few details.  

Kenya Airlift Program Sacco

The Kenya Airlift Sacco is integral in funding the program’s members’ studies and facilitating a smooth stay in the US.

The sacco also guides the members in making wise investments back home.

 Students are required to contribute to their sacco accounts so that they can benefit from its services. 

Kenya Airlift Program Offices in Nairobi

The Kenya Airlift Program Offices are located at the Muthaiga Square building on the 3rd floor, Suite 311, along Thika Road. 

Kenya Airlift Program Contacts

You can reach Kenya Airlift Program through their:

Social media pages: Twitter, Facebook, Telegram, Youtube, and Instagram

Phone number: 0721 263 977

Email: [email protected].

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