Any child living within 3km of the forest and creek who has been accepted into secondary school will be eligible to apply for an ASSETS eco-bursary. If an ASSETS student maintains a satisfactory academic and disciplinary record and their family refrains from any illegal exploitation of the forest and creek, they will be supported throughout their four years of secondary school.
ASSETS has set out a procedure for assessing the needs of each student, to target the funds at those who are in greatest need. Each student who applies, fills out an application form giving details about their academic performance, general conduct, parents' occupation and comments from teachers and the Area Chief. Conduct and academic performance are checked each term throughout the period of support.
It is vital that families do not become reliant on the bursaries, but make an effort to contribute to their children's education themselves. For this reason, no student is given a 100% bursary. In addition, we ask that each beneficiary makes a contribution of Kshs 300 (£3/$4) to the ASSETS eco-bursary fund to support future scholarships.