Taking Every Opportunity with both hands


Read about Joseph Wainaina Waitugi; HBEF Leading Student in 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.

1.      Please give us a brief about yourself, your family, your upbringing and schooling.

My name is Joseph Waitugi Wainaina. I am the last born in a family of five children. I was born in Limuru and attended Rongai primary school here in Limuru. I scored 386 marks in my KCPE and joined Moi High School Mbiruri in 2014. I completed in the year 2017 scoring an A- grade of 80 points in the KCSE.

2.      When and how did you get in the HBEF Scholarship program?

I had applied for a scholarship with the Equity Bank but I was not successful. Luckily, I got someone in the Equity Program who called my Dad so that I could apply for the HBEF scholarship. I attended an interview in Githunguri and it came out successful. That is how I became a HBEF beneficiary.

3.      In summary, what could you say were the greatest benefits you derived during the 4 years you were under HBEF Program?

It was the great opportunity to go to a good high school and continuously learn without going home for fees and the hope and motivation to achieve my dreams.

4.      You emerged the leading student out of 112 HBEF students who sat for KCSE in 2017, what can you attribute your success to. 

Most of all is about hard work, discipline and smart work. Motivation from teachers and HBEF made me succeed. 

5.      Did you hold any Leadership responsibility at your former school? If yes,how did this contribute to your own development and success in your performance?

In 2016, I was elected as the school captain. This made me to be a responsible person and trying to be the best example, made me to work even harder.

6.      Tell us about your admission in the Equity Foundation Leadership Program

I was admitted in the Equity Leadership Program in January 2018. I was the top student in Embu County


7.      Which University and course have you been admitted to?

I have been admitted to the University of Nairobi for a course in Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery

8.      What are your goals and where do you see yourself in the next 5 /10 years?

I want to see myself as a successful doctor owning my own hospital. I want to see myself as a role model to young people and also a mentor.

My goal is also to one day help a needy child go to school.

9.      Any final thoughts.

I would want to thank the HBEF for the scholarship given. Lots of gratefulness from my parents because where I am today is because of that small act from HBEF.

A word of encouragement to other HBEF beneficiaries is that this is a golden opportunity, exploit it and make sure that HBEF will never regret having you. Remember to have a vision. A vision without implementation is just a hallucination.

Thank you HBEF, God Bless.

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