Education and Social Empowerment Program (EaSAP)
Cross World Africa is honored to partner and provide services for the EaSAP program this coming year.
The Education and Social Empowerment Program, known as EaSEP, is a charity with a proven track record for helping Kenyan student-athletes gain admission into elite US Colleges and Universities. The program's founder is Mike Boit, former Kenyan Middle Distance Runner who won a Bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics. Boit graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Iten in 1969, a school well known for having produced world class distance runners such as Matthew Birir, David Rudisha, Wilson Kipketer, Japheth Kimutai and many others. Following high school, Boit competed in track and field for the University of Oregon, where he earned his PhD in Education. This degree earned him a teaching position at Kenyatta University, where he still serves as a Professor today.
Professor Boit's experiences and wisdom led him to found EaSAP in 2009. The program was intended to help bring exceptional young students from Kenya's poorest regions to institutions of higher education in the United States. Now in its eighth year, the Nandi-Hills based EaSAP program has helped 54 students earn full-need scholarships at Cornell, Yale, Columbia, Wesleyan, Princeton, Smith, Harvard, Dartmouth, MIT, Duke, Northwestern, Penn, Pomona, Brown, Stanford, Cal Berkeley, Wellesley, Michigan State, Tufts, Amherst, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Siena, St. Lawrence and Mt. Holyoke.
The 2015-2016 EaSEP Class is listed below:
Faith Aiyabei, University of Pennsylvania
Theo Korir, University of Pennsylvania
Zena Kipkenda, University of Pennsylvania
Faith Chumo, Yale University
Collins Metto, Princeton University
Noah Kiprob, Wesleyan University
Jedidah Ngarah, St. Lawrence University
Nicholas Koech, University of California-Berkeley (MasterCard Foundation Scholar)
Evans Kibet, Siena College
Yony Kibiwott, Moi University School of Medicine
Charity Makale, University of Nairobi School of Law
Cross World Africa (CWA) plans to provide the following support to EaSEP. First, CWA will provide SAT preparation materials (LetsGetReady materials) and college application process materials to help the EaSAP students excel on their college applications. Second, the CWA team helps sponsor US-college transition roundtable luncheon for EaSEP students. The roundtable luncheon involves a lunch, a forum to discuss the Do's & Don’ts for College Students, and the presentation of gifted college apparel. This will be a joint luncheon with Kenya Scholar Athlete Program (KENSAP), which is a comparable program. Finally, CWA pay the SAT application fees for all of the EaSAP students.