The Kenya Scholar-Athlete Project helps bright, needy students from an underserved region of Kenya gain admission to elite colleges in the United States. Begun in 2004 as an informal effort on the part of its two founders, Mike Boit and John Manners.
In 2005 the Project came to the attention of Charles Field-Marsham, a Canadian investor with business interests in the region from which it draws its students. He offered financial support, which has enabled the Project to conduct two month-long residential training sessions for each new group of college candidates, during which students prepare for the American SAT and are given an introduction to US colleges and the application process. Mr. Field-Marsham's backing has also enabled KenSAP to pay for its students' test and application fees and to continue to provide various forms of support for the successful college candidates once they reach the US.
In 2006 the international runner Lornah Kiplagat offered the use of her training camp for the residential sessions, providing a secure, well-equipped base for both the scholarly and the athletic parts of the program. The camp, the High Altitude Training Centre in the village of Iten, has since then served as KenSAP's Kenyan home.
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