Umma University Vice Chancellor Idle Farah said the programme has been sponsored by Direct Aid International.
The first category will see 125 students get 80 per cent scholarships and 20 per cent interest-free loans to constitute 100 per cent tuition fee.
Umma University in Kajiado County has launched a Sh1.9 billion scholarship programme.
The programme dubbed Umma University Students Support Programme (UU-SSP) will see 2, 780 students benefit from scholarships and interest-free study loans.
The programme, which is a partnership between the university, Africa Education and Development Trust (AEDT) and Direct Aid International, will run for the next seven years.
During the launch on Saturday, Umma University Vice Chancellor Idle Farah said the programme has been sponsored by Direct Aid International.
It will be managed by Africa Education and Development Trust – a non-profit making organisation whose goal is to empower communities through education financing.
“This programme will ensure that students access higher education and improve enrolment at Umma University. We have been challenged by Direct Aid that the shorter time it takes to utilise these resources, the more they will invest into the programme,” said Dr Farah on Sunday.
Dr Farah said last year’s pilot phase launched by the then Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed saw a total of 250 students benefit.