Santayian Kantai

Santayian Kantai Large18 years old, attending Imperial College London, UK. Santayian was awarded a Beacon Scholarship in May 2019.

Santayian is studying towards a BSc in Medical Biosciences, having achieved A*AA in Biology, Chemistry, Maths in her A-Levels. She attended Brookhouse School in Nairobi.

Santayian has climbed Mt Longonot and Mt Kenya, She is a badminton player, sang in the School Choir, and participated in the President’s Award Kenya expeditions. She attended Cambridge Summer Camp and the UK Mathematics Challenge, and was involved in the school drama production and verse speaking. She plays the guitar and has been song-writing since the age of 12.

Santayian was the school World Scholars Cup Group Leader, and has been described as having ‘good mobilisation and motivation skills’. She led the school Christmas Buckets Appeal, as well as projects in her native Masai land including one on Ewaso Lions Conservation. She has been a TedX speaker, and fundraised and bought textbooks for Grace Nanana school in Kajiado (within a halfway house for Masai girls); she also mentors the girls as a role model (woman in STEM).

Santayian’s father is a writer/journalist, and her mother is at home.

Beacon Workshop Participation


As a new Beacon Scholar, Santayian was invited to speak about a service activity at the Beacon Leadership Symposium 2019. She talked about working with vulnerable Masaii girls in a school called Ilbisil, in Kajiado. She discovered within a halfway house in Kajiado, a school called Grace Nanana with about 80 students. She noticed the students lacked books, and managed to secure donations of about 200 books for the school.