Engagement With The Society
Keystone Bank’s engagement with the society is specifically focused at the youths. The National Scholars Scheme, our flagship Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, focuses on the pro-active orientation of the Nigerian youth as a pivot for change in the society. For millions of Nigerian students, attaining a secondary education is challenging, and the hope of tertiary education dismal. It is against this backdrop that the National Scholars Scheme was developed to provide access to education and mind development for students in Nigeria’s public secondary schools.
It continuously provides total scholarships to 20 brilliant but indigent students in each of the schools we partner with across the country. The scholarships provide the entire spectrum of levies, exam fees, books, uniforms, sandals, and school bags in addition to monthly stipends.
To communicate the power of knowledge and inculcate the love for reading, the scheme also builds and stocks libraries with relevant books - in conjunction with national and international foundations, and individuals - in all the key subjects for the secondary schools nominated by state governments across the Federation.
Commitment to the Nigeria Youth
Keystone Bank has simultaneously engaged in several other programs aimed at engaging the intellect of the Nigerian youth productively In January 2007, Keystone Bank produced the highly successful and intellectually stimulating business reality programme, THE INTERN, which held Nigerians spellbound in every of its 39 episodes; bringing families together in what became a weekly “MBA Class” in living rooms across the country.
At the close of THE INTERN, Keystone Bank offered employment opportunity to the ten participants on the show. An independent research survey carried out by a foremost research firm, Research International, underlined the show’s uniqueness: an astounding 95% of respondents profiled agreed that it was a very educative programme.
In the same year, Keystone Bank partnered with the British Council by sponsoring the International Young Creative Entrepreneur (IYCE) Programme. The IYCE Programme is a global British Council initiative which identifies and rewards talented, young (ages 25 to 35), and creative entrepreneurs working across the vast spectrum of the creative world.