Post-Secondary Qualification

We are excited that eight of the 30 CSA-supported Form Four students scored C Plus and above on the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exam, qualifying them for direct entry to university. In March they met with Ida, Grace, and Lydia at KOCC and were  encouraged to attend computer classes as they wait for admission letters since computer skills are a necessity to all university students.  Some had already completed the basic packages while others promised to go and enroll for the same. Some of these students have already received admission letters to join universities this Fall.

The students who began university education are now about to enter their second year and are so appreciative of the support from CSA's Polly Fund they are receiving. With funding from the Polly Fund, established in 2016, CSA will be able to support university education for all of the students who qualified for direct entry in 2016 and 2017. 

Eight Students Will Enter University Programs in August

All eight of the students who qualified for direct entry to university on the 2017 KCSE are now registered with their university programs and will be off to their first classes in late August.  Their majors cover a great range of interests:   Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bachelor of Clinical Medicine, Bachelor of Procurement and Contract Management, Bachelor of Education (Science), Bachelor of Science in Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Education (Home Science and Technology). 

The Polly Fund

Creating the leaders of tomorrow.

Crossroads Springs Africa established the Polly Fund to provide funds for our university/college students continuing education costs. Each year, Kenyan students in their final year of high school take exams that determine their eligibility for university/college. CSA works with the students chosen to provide the funds needed for them to attend by removing financial obstacles that might otherwise prohibit them from attending.

We chose the name for our fund from a generous bequest given by the estate of Polly Amrein.

Polly AmreinPolly was an adventuresome single woman who was passionate about international education and human rights. She lived in California and taught around the world on self styled five year plans. Having taught at a blind school in California, she enrolled in the Afro-Anglo-American program (Teachers College, Columbia and Department of Education in Tropical Areas, University of London), preparing to teach in Africa. During her teaching years in Nigeria, she drove to Swaziland and South Africa during the Apartheid period in South Africa to visit African friends made in New York City. Her five-year plan led her to China next, and to a lasting friendship with a young person who became her “daughter.” Retirement was never an appropriate word for Polly. She volunteered to register homeless people under bridges in Berkeley, California, and kept others informed of human rights issues. A friend of all who became her family, she thought nothing of driving (and sleeping) across the country with her dog in a VW van to show up at a goddaughter’s wedding. Polly’s bequests demonstrate her interest in many human development efforts that are her legacy forever.