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R2S Profile: Clinton

Clinton attended Jambo Jipya School from tenth through twelfth grade when his single mother was no longer able to pay for his school fees at the public high school in the area.  Clinton always performed with top-notch grades and while his classmates could be found socializing, Clinton was almost always studying or working on homework.  His teachers always said that of everyone in his class, he had the best chance of going on to university after graduating from Jambo Jipya.

Reason2Smile board member and volunteer John DiGiacomo teaching Clinton how to properly tie his tie.

Reason2Smile board member and volunteer John DiGiacomo teaching Clinton how to properly tie his tie.

Clinton’s goal after high school is to become a professor of science at a university and he is well on his way!  Clinton scored the highest out of his class (the first class of graduating seniors from Jambo Jipya School) on the KCSE (Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education) exams in November 2013.  His scores were then sent on to universities he applied to and he received an acceptance letter on August 14, 2014 from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Kakamega, Kenya.  On September 1, 2014 he began his first year of university and became the first student from Jambo Jipya to be accepted into and attend undergraduate school.

On September 1, 2014 he began his first year of university and became the first student from Jambo Jipya to be accepted into and attend undergraduate school!

 

Very professional!

Very professional!

Due to Clinton’s family’s financial situation, he was offered tuition assistance through the Kenyan government.  The remainder of his university fees were paid by a generous donor through Reason2Smile, and he is well into his first semester!  Clinton shared, “I am so grateful to Jambo Jipya School for giving me a good education during high school and for my Reason2Smile sponsor for giving me the opportunity to attend university.  I plan to make you all proud and work my very hardest!  I am so honored to have this opportunity!”